Don’t be so surprised if you notice a new ornament on your Christmas tree this year. Several shops at the ever-popular Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza are selling glass pickle ornaments that supposedly an old German tradition. Whether it is true or not, Chicagoans seem to be eating it up and these pickles are flying
off the shelves out of the woven baskets.
The tag on the ornament says that it is an old German tradition to hide a pickle ornament in the tree and whichever child finds it gets an extra gift on Christmas morning. According to several urban myth sites online, this is a bunch of BS, and it probably is. I am sure the Germans are getting a good laugh as we all “ooh” and “ahh” over glass pickles, hiding them in our trees and patting ourselves on the backs for integrating an “old German” custom into our very American ways of celebrating the holiday. Yes, how worldly and cultured we are with our German pickles!
Just for a chuckle, check them out. They come in all shapes and sizes, colours and covered in glitter! Fun!
Dev :o) xx