The Christmas Pickle

By Paula Svincek
   The age-old German tradition of hiding a pickle ornament has been carried on for several years by merchants and businesses in the city of Florence. There are several variations of the Pickle story. Parents hide a pickle ornament in the boughs of the Christmas tree and on Christmas morning, the children must find it before the gifts are opened. The child that finds the ornament, receives a special gift from St. Nicholas. In the Florence version, pickles are hidden in participating shops, and shoppers equipped with a guide to the stores, look for pickles in an effort to win beautiful prize baskets of merchandise donated by local businesses. Contest entry forms can be picked up at Willies Antiques or other participating stores. The contest will end December 23rd by 11:00 AM.
   The Lightening of the Tree in Florence will be November 30th at 6 p.m. Santa Claus and Carolers will be roaming the sidewalks on December 13-14 and 20-21, ringing in the Holiday Season, while several stores will be open until 7 PM to assist you. Many of our local stores are so festively decorated, I dare say they challenge the North Pole for Holiday grandeur. There are three Florence homes on the Fremont County Community Concert Association December 1st Holiday Tour. Don’t forget to try our wonderful restaurants, they are available for your gatherings.
   Copper is a favorite collectible, as well as a prized cooking vessel since it is an excellent conductor of heat, and if it is on your gift list, you can find several beautiful pieces at Willies Antiques. If you need a special card table for your “Man Cave” stop by Florence Consignment Corner. New kitchen collectibles are available for your pleasure at the Baker’s Rack.
   Let us not forget the arts and entertainment in Florence. On December 7th, Tom Munch will perform Holiday favorites at the Bell Tower Cultural Arts Center. Do not forget the Bell Tower’s Annual Member Holiday Show and Art Sale that will run through January 6th.

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