Erin Cooks the Internet: November 20, 2008

November 20, 2008 · 6 comments · Print This Post

in Holidays / Entertaining, Links, Products, To Buy / To Try

Christmas PickleBefore everyone starts throwing things at me for posting something holiday related prior to Thanksgiving, I just want to note that a little pre-holiday prep never hurt anyone. So let’s cut right to the chase. Have you heard about this whole “Christmas Pickle” thing? It’s touted as a long standing German tradition based upon the story that a starving prisoner of war is given a pickle by a guard on Christmas, and that this small gesture allows him to survive the night. How that would ever work is beyond me since pickles have like 6 calories, but I digress. Anyway, the prisoner lives to tell the tale and writes to his family detailing his miraculous recovery via pickle. Word quickly spreads and people all over the country start hiding pickles on their trees to celebrate the man’s tale of survival.

The only problem is that no one in Germany actually participates in this pickle hanging activity. In fact, it actually appears that the pickle ornament myth probably originated in America. Go figure… These days the individual who finds the hidden pickle gets aGingerbread Train Kitn extra special gift for their troubles. We really will do anything for more presents wont we?! However, since my nickname is “Gherkin” I think I absolutely must invest in a pickle ornament of my own. I doubt anyone will have any trouble finding it on our 3-foot tall fake tree though.

Last year I revived a personal Christmas tradition by making a rather clumsy Gingerbread Train with an Avon cookie cutter set that I was originally given when I was 12. While super fun and easy to work with, you unfortunately can’t find these kits for sale anywhere online. However, I did come across a Gingerbread Train that you can order from Amazon. I think it would be a big hit with kids of all ages and fortunately doesn’t involve hunting down retired Avon paraphernalia.

The following items fall into the category of seriously silly/unnecessary but would no doubt make adorable stocking stuffers:

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Hänni November 20, 2008 at 2:59 pm

I’m not surprised this prisoner was male.

Men always want to give you the pickle.


2 Amanda November 20, 2008 at 3:16 pm

We have one of these on my tree! Last time we had Christmas at our house, my Mom gave out wine rings(you know the ones that allow you to differentiate between your glass and someone elses) for the adult that won and a gift card for the kid that won. It’s a fun tradition. 😀


3 Megan November 20, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Fun post! We had a pickle on our tree growing up because my sister liked pickles. I didn’t know this story/tradition.


4 robin // caviar and codfish November 20, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Ok, is it bad that I (like, really, really) want all of those things?


5 Live.Love.Eat November 21, 2008 at 9:39 am

Hah. I have never heard of this pickle thing but it’s not bad to be thinking about Xmas. I am actually already planning my meal and decorating since my parents host Thanksgiving and I do Xmas. That Gingerbread train looks sweet!


6 RobynT November 26, 2008 at 9:16 pm

i paid $10 each for six of those edamame keychains! Argh! But so cute!


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