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One of the strangest holiday traditions is the Christmas Pickle. Many stories have developed around the origin but one thing is true, it’s fun! How can you not love a singing pickle? Or a sparkly bedazzled shiny Gerkin in your tree? Or how about Pickle Rick from Rick and Morty?
Is hanging a pickle in your tree one of your family’s traditions? If someone asked you about the origin, would you say it was a German thing? Many historians and researchers have done their homework and found that the actual origin is more of a mystery. Here are some of the origins, myths, and fun facts.
Is it a German Tradition? YouGov (translated from German) conducted research that found that only 8% of Germans are aware of the Christmas Pickle and only 2% even practice it.
Another origin states that a Union soldier survived a Confederate prison by being offered one pickle on Christmas Eve. And when released, this German-born soldier started the tradition of hanging a pickle on a Christmas Tree.
Did you know there is a Christmas Pickle Capital? Yes! Barren Springs in Michigan is considered the Christmas Pickle Captial and runs an annual Pickle Festival every July (why July?).
My wife demanded that we have a Yodeling pickle and when I looked it up I was amazed to find the number of different pickles you can acquire.