I feel so honored and am so excited to be guest posting on Six Sister Stuff today
I LOVE These girls seriously they are the sweetest
and a wife to the love of my life, Ty
I live in Salt Lake City, Utah
I change my hair probably more than anyone you know
and get asked if I do hair all the time
(I guess just cuz it is always different…maybe I should)
I have my bachelors in Physical Education and Health Education
and will one day be out there teaching your teenagers
For now I love to keep myself busy with PROJECTS of all sorts
while the hubby is at law school and the babe in napping
including redoing furniture, crafting, cooking, sewing and decorating
Can I just say being a Say At Home Mom is the best job in the whole world!
My mom’s family, Bargar, is from German ancestry
and this fun tradition that I am sharing today goes back to her roots in Germany
It is the Tradition of the German Pickle
Let me give you a little background about it first:
John Lower, a German man, was born in Bavaria in 1842.
He left Germany with his family and emigrated to the United States
While fighting in the American Civil War,
John Lower was captured and sent to a prison in Andersonville, Georgia
He soon fell to poor health given the poor conditions of the prison
Starving, he begged of a guard for just one pickle before resigning to his death
The guard, taking pity on him, found and gave John Lower a pickle
Lower family lore yields John’s testimony that the pickle, by the grace of God,
gave him the mental and physical strength to live on
After being reunited with his family he began the tradition of hiding a pickle on the Christmas tree
Hence, the first person who found the pickle on Christmas morning would be blessed with a year of good fortune… and a special gift, just as John Lower had experienced!
According to German tradition,
the pickle brings good luck and was the last ornament placed on the Christmas tree
On Christmas morning the first child to find the pickle was rewarded
with an extra little gift left by St. Nicholas.
This German tradition encouraged the children to appreciate
They are the ones I had won and now use as Christmas Decor
Thank you girlies for letting me share one of my families traditions with you today
Questions & Reviews
But it´s not German. No German has pickles or hides pickles anywhere on or around the Christmastree.
In fact, the whole tradition wouldn´t even work in Germany, because there St. Nikolaus brings gifts on Dec. 6th, not Christmas. This is days before the Christmastree is put up and decorated. Sorry, but I had to at least once in my life pass this on.
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