Some Soup

First, people yesterday asked about the Christmas pickle, so here you go. This was posted on a website called, which I totally would have recommended yesterday, if I had found it in time. SO COOL!


In the 1880s Woolworth stores started selling glass ornaments imported from Germany and some were in the shape of various fruit and vegetables. It seems that pickles must have been among the selection!

Around the same time it was claimed that the Christmas Pickle was a very old German tradition and that the pickle was the last ornament hung on the Christmas tree and then the first child to find the pickle got an extra present.

However, the claim that it’s an old German tradition seems to be a total myth!

…So it’s most likely that an ornament salesmen, with a lot of spare pickles to sell, invented the legend of the Christmas Pickle!, The Christmas Pickle’s History

I don’t even remember what-all is in this. You know how I do.

I know it has chopped bacon; leftover corn, carrots, and potatoes; and some kind of leftover meat. Probably chicken, but who knows? Maybe the tag end of a pork chop?

Anyway, it was good.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about bacon. If bacon is anathema to you, write something negative about bacon.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Some Soup

  1. Dan Antion

    December 21, 2021 at 8:54am

    It looks very good. I think the best soup has unknown ingredients.

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  2. circadianreflections

    December 22, 2021 at 8:49am

    I love soup! I’ve never heard of a Christmas Pickle!! I was thinking of writing a friend of mine who is German a quick email to ask him if grew up with that tradition, but further reading shared it’s probably not true, so I won’t! 🤣

    I’ll probably be making some Minestrone soup to go with our post Christmas meal. I throw in a lot this and that too! 😀

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      Marian Allen

      December 22, 2021 at 8:54am

      Charlie bought a book of soup recipes, but he never used it. His favorite soup was water with cabbage boiled in it. True story.

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      • circadianreflections

        December 22, 2021 at 9:03am

        That’s a wee bit too bland for me! 😀🥣 My two favorite soup recipes came out of magazines…it’s been so long ago I can’t remember which one(s). I make these two soups the most. Chicken Noodle, and Minestrone. I’ve tweaked the recipes a bit to our tastes, but they’re wonderful as written.

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          Marian Allen

          December 22, 2021 at 9:35am

          It’s too bland for me, too, but could eat it every day. Sara and I love a tortellini and pesto soup we found in some cookbook somewhere. One of the few actual “Soups” I make. Of course, I make it to suit us and whatever is in the fridge.

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