Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Pennsylvania Dutch (German) Tuesday
Since there have recently been some pickle related antics among members of the House of Lime I thought I'd share a dilly of a tradition we have.
I'll be honest, this is not a tradition I grew up with but since being made aware of it, our family has embraced it enthusiastically. Many years ago, my mother-in-law gave us this pickle ornament for the tree. Pickles are symbols of good luck among the Pennsylvania Dutch (Germans) Cosima, is this the same back in Germany? Leave it to a bunch of Dutchies who love to eat to come up with a food as a symbol!
The tradition is to hide the pickle (yes, I know that sounds so very wrong) on the tree after the kiddies have gone to bed Christmas Eve. Whoever finds the pickle in the morning gets an extra gift to open. Now if that doesn't sound like a recipe for a disastrous altercation on Christmas morning I don't know what does! We've gotten around it though by letting the finder of the pickle be the opener of whatever gift is for the whole family. It's also quite amusing to see the kids come out and go straight to the tree and squint into the boughs searching for the pickle before they start trying to see whose name is on which package.
Ok, maybe you think it's weird but it sure beats using sauerkraut as tinsel!