A RUDE-LOOKING Christmas tree decoration from Asda has recently got shoppers talking.
But, as it turns out, it’s actually part of a cute tradition from across the pond that we had no idea about.
The Christmas pickle decoration raised a few eyebrows[/caption]
A member of the Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It Facebook group shared a picture of the Christmas decoration in question.
She wrote: “Opinions please… What do we all think of this Christmas dressed pickle for the tree??? Seen this today & well if you have a mind like me then I thought it may at least make some smile!!!”
“Please delete if not allowed and certainly not meant to offend anyone x”, she added.
The picture showed a shiny, bright green pickle decoration with a little Santa’s hat on the top of it.
The ‘Christmas pickle’ is a festive tradition in the US[/caption]
At a first glance, it definitely looks a little rude, and one commenter even asked whether it was from Anne Summers.
A second asked “Where does the battery go?”.
But more comments further down reveal that it’s a nod to a tradition in America.
Parents hang a pickle (or gherkin) ornament similar to Asda’s version on the Christmas tree on Christmas eve, in a spot that’s hard to find.
The green colour of the pickle means that it blends in with the tree’s pine needles.
The first child to spot the pickle on the tree on Christmas Day might be allowed to open the first present or they could be given a special gift for finding it.
It’s also believed that if you find the pickle first, good fortune will be brought to you in the year to come.
There are several versions of the story on how this tradition came about, with some believing that it’s based on the tale of a starving soldier.
The soldier was imprisoned during the Civil War, and on Christmas Eve, asked a guard for a pickle to ease his hunger.
Taking pity on him, guard gave him a pickle, which the soldier believed had saved his life.
So the soldier started the tradition of hanging a pickle on the Christmas tree at his family home once he returned.
Wherever it comes from, we love the idea, particularly if it means an excuse to buy more Christmas decorations.
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