The Christmas Pickle~Myth or a Salesman Inspired Tradition

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

For the last 18 years we’ve enjoyed a tradition with our grand-kids at Christmas of hiding the Christmas pickle ornament somewhere on our tree after all the presents have been opened (and the kids are safely ensconced in another room - no peeking).

I always thought it was a German tradition and over the last few years of reading up on the Christmas pickle ornament have learned it’s most likely a myth. It turns out probably an ornament salesperson, with a lot of spare pickle ornaments to sell, invented the legend of the Christmas Pickle!

It really doesn’t matter because the grand-kids have so much fun and always look forward to “finding the pickle!” This year I felt it was time to have 2 separate searches. Beckett and Hudson at 3 and 5 do better with their own search but loved helping their 3 older cousins on their hunt!

Hailey won this year in the older division category and Hudson won the little ones hunt! A good way to close Christmas Day with another memory making event. What did she win? Cash of course ..$50 big ones! Love these kids!


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Comments (23)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dorie - what a cute tradition.  It is wonderful to have two different age groups of grandchildren.

Dec 28, 2017 04:54 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Oh what fun Dorie. Keeping traditions is such a nice memory for all!

Dec 28, 2017 05:22 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Dorie.  This is somewhat familiar as during the Passover seder we hide the afikoman for the children to find. Here's the story.

Dec 28, 2017 05:26 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Gabe Sanders ..this is so cool..thank you for sharing!

Dec 28, 2017 07:55 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

$50, i'm in. That sounds like so much fun Dorie Dillard. Have a good day

Dec 28, 2017 06:19 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dorie. I had heard this was German too. I'm surprised but it doesn't matter. I love the idea and have even gifted pickle ornaments. Happy New Year.

Dec 28, 2017 06:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing the tale of the Christmas Pickle!

Dec 28, 2017 07:05 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I would participate in the adult pickle challenge with $50 on the line.

Dec 28, 2017 07:14 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Regardless of it's truth or not, sounds like a fun game to play for all and I am sure the winner is very pleased!

Dec 28, 2017 07:23 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

I love it!  That is a tradition that needs to be started in my home!  Thank you for sharing!

Dec 28, 2017 07:33 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a fun tradition in your family, and it traditions that keep us together, and the prize is great also.  A

Dec 28, 2017 08:09 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

i have a couple of friends that do the pickle search. They talk about how fun it is and the challenge of it.

Dec 28, 2017 10:11 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

We used to have that ornament but nobody could ever find it and now we can't find it Dorie Dillard 

Dec 28, 2017 11:10 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Dorie,  Legend or Ruse ... what a fun tradition  ... perfect way to "wrap up" the unwrapping of gifts.  

Dec 28, 2017 12:41 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie that sounds like a lot of fun, and for $50 there is no way anyone would find the Christmas Pickle Ornament before me ....... LOL

Dec 28, 2017 08:00 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Dorie, Thanks for sharing this sweet story.  This sounds like a fun family tradition.  This is not something that we have done - but maybe we'll start it when we have grandkids.  

Dec 28, 2017 10:37 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Dorie.

It seems somewhere in my memory bank I've heard about the pickle before.  Now my curiosity is up and I'll look it up to refresh my declining memory bank...  Congratulations on the two winners.

Dec 29, 2017 12:18 AM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Good morning Dorie, I had heard this was German too but, you're right it really doesn't matter. A family tradition is what it's all about, sounds like a ton of fun to me! I can see why it's something all of you look forward too. 

Dec 29, 2017 04:35 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

What a great tradition for the kids.  I bet they'll be talking about that (and doing it) with their grandkids. 

Dec 29, 2017 06:57 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It is little family traditions like the Christmas pickle that make the holidays extra special.

Dec 29, 2017 08:16 AM
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

I have only recently heard of the pickle ornament but heard it quite a bit this year. I think it is becoming more well known.  It sounds like a fun tradition!

Dec 29, 2017 11:26 PM