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Every year, families across the US and the UK hang up quirky little pickle1-shaped ornaments3 when it comes time to trim their Christmas trees.
The practice is favored by many English-speaking families, and is thought to be a centuries-old tradition brought over from Germany.
The tradition involves hiding the pickle ornament2 among the branches, and rewarding the child who finds it with the chance to open gifts first -- or, alternatively, that person simply gets good luck for the year.
The origin of the tradition, however, is a bit murky4.
In fact, it doesn't seem to have actually originated in Germany at all, since most Germans don't practice it.
A 2016 New York Times article pointed5 to a YouGov poll, in which 2,057 Germans were asked about the Christmas pickle.
The survey found that 91 percent had never even heard of it.
Another theory is that the tradition of hanging a pickle didn't actually start in Germany, but with a German immigrant in the US.
According to a 2011 edition of Tampa Bay magazine, one legend goes that a German man named John Lower, who was born in Bavaria in 1842, moved to the US and became ill when he was in prison during the Civil War.
He convinced a guard to give him a pickle as a last meal, but he ended up surviving.  After being released, he honored that pickle by starting his own family tradition of hiding a pickle in his Christmas tree for the kids -- saying whoever found it would have the same good fortune he did.
Of course, that story is also unconfirmed, and could just be a tale that popped up to explain the pickles6 later on.
According to Wide Open Country, the whole pickle game was most likely a marketing7 ploy8 to sell German glass ornaments to Americans.
It was said to be concocted9 by F.W. Woolworth when the store began importing the ornaments in 1880. Each one would come with a card that told the story of the tradition.
Whether the tradition is real or manufactured, pickle ornaments have become quite ubiquitous.
While whimsical foodie ornaments shaped like avocado toast, hot sauce, pancakes, and ramen have become popular in recent years, pickle ornaments aren't just a fad10.


1 pickle mSszf     
  • Mother used to pickle onions.媽媽過去常腌制洋蔥。
  • Meat can be preserved in pickle.肉可以保存在鹵水里。
2 ornament u4czn     
  • The flowers were put on the table for ornament.花放在桌子上做裝飾用。
  • She wears a crystal ornament on her chest.她的前胸戴了一個水晶飾品。
3 ornaments 2bf24c2bab75a8ff45e650a1e4388dec     
n.裝飾( ornament的名詞復數 );點綴;裝飾品;首飾v.裝飾,點綴,美化( ornament的第三人稱單數 )
  • The shelves were chock-a-block with ornaments. 架子上堆滿了裝飾品。
  • Playing the piano sets up resonance in those glass ornaments. 一彈鋼琴那些玻璃飾物就會產生共振。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
4 murky J1GyJ     
  • She threw it into the river's murky depths.她把它扔進了混濁的河水深處。
  • She had a decidedly murky past.她的歷史背景令人捉摸不透。
5 pointed Il8zB4     
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他給我一支削得非常尖的鉛筆。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通過對達茨伍德夫人提出直截了當的邀請向她的哥哥表示出來。
6 pickles fd03204cfdc557b0f0d134773ae6fff5     
n.腌菜( pickle的名詞復數 );處于困境;遇到麻煩;菜醬
  • Most people eat pickles at breakfast. 大多數人早餐吃腌菜。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • I want their pickles and wines, and that.' 我要他們的泡菜、美酒和所有其他東西?!?來自英漢文學 - 金銀島
7 marketing Boez7e     
  • They are developing marketing network.他們正在發展銷售網絡。
  • He often goes marketing.他經常去市場做生意。
8 ploy FuQyE     
  • I think this is just a government ploy to deceive the public.我認為這只是政府欺騙公眾的手段。
  • Christmas should be a time of excitement and wonder,not a cynical marketing ploy.圣誕節應該是興奮和美妙的時刻,而不該是一種肆無忌憚的營銷策略。
9 concocted 35ea2e5fba55c150ec3250ef12828dd2     
v.將(尤指通常不相配合的)成分混合成某物( concoct的過去式和過去分詞 );調制;編造;捏造
  • The soup was concocted from up to a dozen different kinds of fish. 這種湯是用多達十幾種不同的魚熬制而成的。
  • Between them they concocted a letter. 他們共同策劃寫了一封信。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
10 fad phyzL     
  • His interest in photography is only a passing fad.他對攝影的興趣只是一時的愛好罷了。
  • A hot business opportunity is based on a long-term trend not a short-lived fad.一個熱門的商機指的是長期的趨勢而非一時的流行。
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