Something fun to buy at Epcot for the holidays is a Christmas Pickle!
Christmas Pickle Backstory: In the early 1890s, Woolworth department 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, the 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!
In fact, a survey conducted in 2016 revealed more than 90 percent of Germans asked had never heard of the Christmas pickle.
Bottom line, the Christmas pickle is actually an American Christmas tradition, not German!
But, we still like the idea of getting an extra present on Christmas morning!
Read more about our visit to Epcot Germany here: Epcot Germany Pavilion.
The Germany pavilion is one of our favorite places to shop at Epcot.
We’ve bought some crystal figurines there and we can’t talk about Germany without talking about the wonderful caramel popcorn at the Karamell Kuche shop!!!
And, Snow White meets there every afternoon by her wishing well.
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