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  •  Hmm, I wonder about these "Gurke"... (2+ / 0-)
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    Sorta Randle, Involuntary Exile

    My family roots on both sides are heavily German-American, with a little Irish thrown in for good measure.

    I've never heard of hanging a pickle in a Christmas tree, not ever. My paternal side was from Hesse, and the maternal side from Pomerania/West Preussen.

    Now, here's my thoughts: was it perhaps a Pennsylvania Dutch thing? They and the Amish certainly preserved a good number of unique folk traditions when they came over, so perhaps this was it? My maternal grandmother's family was originally Mennonite, having left Switzerland in the 1600's or so for the Rhineland near Mannheim. They left there to come over here just before the Revolution.

    There might have been some truly strange customs brought over very early, and we 'English' just thought it normal for all Germans to do that.

    Food for thought. I'll have to ask my aunt (who lived in Germany for nearly 40 years) if she ever heard of this.

    And yeah, I know tarantulas don't really act like that at all, so no snarking, this is the internet damnit!

    by itzadryheat on Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 09:07:29 AM PDT

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