Pickle ornament

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Pickle ornament

The tradition may be American, though of German descent. John Lower, who was born 1842 in Bavaria, came with his family to America. He fought in the American Civil War. John was captured and send to prison in Andersonville, Georgia. If you know your American history, you can guess as to the conditions. In poor health and starving, he begged a guard for just one pickle before he died. The guard found pity on him and found a pickle for John. John said later, to the Grace of God-- give me strength to live on. Once he was united with his family he began a tradition of hiding a pickle on the Christmas tree. The first person who found the pickle on Christmas morning would be blessed with the year of good fortune.

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