According to legend, it is an old German tradition to hide a small glass blown pickle ornament on your tree the night before Christmas. Come Christmas morning, the first child to spot the pickle receives a special treat - either an extra gift or the distinction of opening the very first gift of the day. Unfortunately, the true origin is not really known but the history of this tradition is still quite interesting.
The first recorded sale of pickle ornaments was in the late 1800s, but they were sold alongside many other food decorations. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the Christmas Pickle was sold by itself with the legend printed directly on the box. The company, Old World Christmas, did import their ornaments from Germany, but some believe the legend was fabricated in an attempt to sell more pickle ornaments. However, there are some who claim to have heard the legend long before Tim Merck started selling them through his company. Merck, who even wrote the copy for the legend still printed on the box, claims the tradition was passed down to him as a child.
While the authenticity of its origin may still be up for debate, the Christmas Pickle’s lesson is still genuine. It teaches one patience rather than just rushing to open presents. Instead, you are supposed to take a moment to admire your beautiful tree and appreciate all that you have. The Christmas Pickle has become a beloved tradition for many families and it is one that we are happy to share with you!
Our Elf Squad has been hiding #RentAChristmas pickles on nearly every tree we installed this holiday season. If we decorated a tree for you, or if you visit a restaurant or business that we decorated, look for the pickle. Share a fun picture on your social media and tag us so we can see it. Be sure to use hashtags #RentAChristmas and #FindThePickle. On December 26th, we will choose one recipient to win their extra present, some Rent-A-Christmas swag plus tickets to the Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights!
We can’t wait to see all your fun #FindThePickle photos!
In a pickle yourself and need some last minute holiday decorations? We offer a wide range of Christmas Trees, such as the ever-popular 65' Feels Like Home Pine with White Lights. We also offer Christmas Garland, Christmas Wreaths, and Christmas Light rentals. Call the Santa Line at (347) 669-1263 so one of our Elves can help make your holidays spectacular! This season don't sweat it, rent it!