The holidays are full of legends, and one mysterious yarn is that of the Christmas pickle. You may be the owner yourself of a shiny glass pickle that gets hidden within the branches of the Christmas tree, only to be spotted by an eagle-eyed tyke that is then rewarded with an extra gift from Saint Nick. But who started this holiday tradition, and where did it come from? The truth is, no one knows for sure. For many years it was suggested to be a German tradition brought to this country along with the Christmas tree. The pickle itself was even referred to as aÂ Weihnachtsgurke (please don't ask ol' Jacob how to pronounce that one) but no such evidence supports the origins. The story that I actually like best about how the Christmas pickle came about stems from the Civil War. Private John C. Lower, originally from Bavaria, enlisted in theÂ 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, but was captured in April 1864 and taken to a prison camp. As the story is told, on Christmas Eve he begged a guard for a pickle because he was starving. The guard gave him a pickle, which Lower credited for saving his life. After returning to his family, he began a tradition of hiding a pickle on their Christmas tree each year. Yet another claim is that American department stores such as Woolworth's began selling glass Christmas pickles in the late 19th century simply to promote glass ornaments, which were coming into fashion then. So, take the tale you like best about the Christmas pickle or invent your own story for the kids and grandchildren! And in the meantime, start some Christmas traditions of your own with Jacob Bromwell products such as our American-made Original Popcorn Popper
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. From all of us at Jacob Bromwell, we wish you and your loved ones the happiest, healthiest, and most prosperous holiday season!