Wayzata, Minnesota

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Cornichons and Landscapes

Welcome everyone.
My post today is about pickles. 
But not, the kind you eat.

Can you find the hidden pickle in this landscape of holiday art?

I combine this unique pickle story
 with Carmi's post for

and Landscapes as our theme this week.

"A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away." - Eudora Welty

This site has been tastefully landscaped.

How about a snowy landscape to sled by.

Sometimes, we interrupt a snowy landscape 
to roll with silly faces.

Now for the second half of my post,
 on the subject of pickles.
My interest and love of a good mystery to 
solve involves one tasty green delight,
when it's not an ornament.

It seems the world is in a pickle
while trying to determine just where this
 Christmas Pickle originates from.

My inspiration for this post came from this article read here.

In the article above written by Melissa Eddy she mentions,
 Sascha Mueller from the eastern German region first learning of it on his trip to Frankenmuth, Michigan in the 199o's.

Well, I grew up in Michigan and every visit to Frankenmuth there was never a pickle ornament that I can remember. Frankenmuth Christmas Pickle story.
Until now.

A story is always as good as the storyteller makes it.
Legends unfold many a good story as well.

Just so you know, we do have a Pickle Ornament on our tree, but I first learned all about it from my daughter's Girl Scout Troop leader, and I especially liked the pickle tradition once she told us.
So I went pickle ornament shopping!
As the story goes, the first child to find the hidden pickle
 is assured of good luck in the coming year, and usually a special gift or reward is received as well.

Do you have a Christmas Pickle Story too? If so, please tell us.
A photo from the Library of Congress in Washington.

Stanley Hyams, co-owner of Washington Pickle Works,
holding two pickles in a room full of barrels of pickles 
(like a sea of pickles the barrels are a landscape 
of goodness ready to be bottled)

Christmas Pickle Legend you'll surely enjoy heard here.

Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.” - Eudora Welty

Thanks for stopping by
enjoy your day and take good care of you.


eileeninmd said...

Hello, I need to go out and find a pickle ornament for next year. I hope it brings us good luck. Love the cute kiddies and photos. Great quotes, I like the Welty snapshot and moment quote. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead. I wish you all the best in 2017, Happy New year!

sage said...

THe problem with the world being a pickle is that there are too many dill pickles and not enough sweet ones :).

I'll keep my eye out for a pickle to put on the tree next year.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...


reminds me of those twelve inch dills we'd buy at the movies...gnaw on those puppies through a double feature

Anonymous said...

Sweet post! We used to do the pickle ornament. Greta memories. I love your posts. Happy New Year, my friend! HUGS.

Elephant's Child said...

Definitely intriguing. I don't think pickle ornaments have reached us here.

Bob Scotney said...

Tastefully blogged like the landscape and the pickles.

Cloudia said...

Pickle Snickers! :)

RedPat said...

I will have to look for a pickle for next year!

Gilly said...

Great landscapes , and plenty of pickle!!! Happy New Year to you!