Pickle Christmas Ornament Tradition

Hiding a pickle ornament within the branches of a Christmas Tree has been a tradition in a lot of households since the late 19th century.

On Christmas morning, the first person to find the pickle on the tree would either receive an extra present from Santa or they get to open the first present.

The fun for families, is the frantic hunt for the pickle ornament as they comb through the tree in search.

Many rumors have circulated over the years as to the origin of this silly tradition, but the Berrien County Historical Association in Berrien MI acknowledges that no tale stands the test of time nearly as well as an excess of pickle ornaments at Woolworths!

Whatever the origins are, many families look forward to this tradition every Christmas morning.

Pickle Christmas Ornament Tradition


According to German tradition, the pickle brings good luck. After all the other ornaments were hung on the Christmas tree, the pickle ornament was hidden within the branches. On Christmas morning the first child to find the pickle ornament was rewarded with an additional small present left by Santa. The pickle ornament tradition encourages children to enjoy the many ornaments on the tree before checking to see what Santa has brought them.