In the early 1890s, Woolworth stores started selling glass ornaments imported from Germany that were in the shape of various fruits and vegetables, including a pickle.
Around the same time it was claimed that the Christmas Pickle was a “very old German tradition” and that the pickle was the last ornament hung on the tree on Christmas Eve, buried deep in the tree’s branches.
The first child to find it on Christmas morning is rewarded with one of three things: the privilege of opening the first gift, receiving an extra gift from Santa, or being granted a year of good luck.
We are friends with an ICP from Germany who worked at Epcot’s Germany pavilion and he said that he never heard of the ‘Christmas Pickle’ before coming to America, and neither did any of his coworkers!
Bottomline, the Christmas pickle is actually an American Christmas tradition, not German!
Read more about our visit to Epcot Germany here: Epcot Germany Pavilion
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale
by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.
Book link on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale