Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christmas Pickle Tradition

Christmas Pickle
Originally uploaded by Pictures by Ann

The Christmas Pickle is a pickle-shaped ornament hidden in the tree. The child who finds it first on Christmas morning receives an extra present.

While the Christmas pickle is believed to be a German custom, it is fairly unknown in Germany but widely spread across the United States.

This pickle is 3 1/2 inches. Compared to the other pickles, this would be relatively easy to find. It would be good for a young child's introduction to the Christmas Pickle tradition.

It's also a nice alternative to the glass pickles that are so fragile and easily broken by young hands.

This one is made from 100% wool felt, and hand-embroidered using straight stitches and blanketstitching. It is stuffed with wool from sheep I raised.

The first pickle went on sale in my Etsy shop today, and the rest will be available during the week.

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