The Medieval tale of the pickle tells of two Spanish boys traveling home from boarding school for the holidays. Weary from travel, they stop at an inn for the night. The inn keeper, a mean and evil man, steals the boys' possessions, and stuffs the boys into a pickle barrel.

That evening, St. Nicholas stops in for a rest at the inn, and becomes aware of the boys' plight. He taps the pickle barrel with his staff, and the boys are magically restored. The boys thank St. Nicholas, and continue happily home for Christmas.

Through time, this Victorian tradition has been celebrated by hiding a hand-blown glass pickle on the Christmas tree, and whoever finds it on Christmas morning receives a special gift.