December 2nd, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

I may have mentioned briefly in the past a peculiar-but-fun Christmas tradition involving a pickle hidden on a Christmas tree. And, yes, I know that’s not a pickle in the image on the right. (More on that juicy ornament later in this blog entry.)pic

For those who aren’t familiar, the Christmas pickle is a popular holiday game (mostly in America) that involves hiding a pickle on the family tree. The first child to find the pickle on Christmas morning receives an extra present or “good fortune” in the New Year. (Though I’m sure you can guess which option 99 children out of 100 would choose.)

It’s worth noting that the pickle is an ornament, and not a real pickle. If you find yourself without a pickle ornament, you can use a real pickle if you really want, but just be sure to find the pickle before it gets all shriveled…or before the dog finds it.

While the origins of the pickle tradition are unclear, many claim that it began in Germany, where it was known as Weihnachtsgurke. That legend has since been disproven, and many yuletide scholars believe the game got its start in the late 19th century, right here in the United States.

Regardless of where its roots are, the activity is a fun one for kids and adults alike. At my house, we have a Christmas pickle on our annual tree, although, while last year’s pickle was dropped and broken, it was quickly replaced a few days later.

That leads us, in what is probably the longest segue ever on What About Watermelon, to the first of FOUR gifts I’ll be giving away here on the blog this month. It’s the watermelon tree ornament you see above ($13 on Amazon). I’ll choose one comment at random from all the comments left on the blog THIS WEEK to win this tree accessory, which means you’ll receive it before Christmas!

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