为什么圣诞树上会挂腌黄瓜状饰品
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Every year, families across the US and the UK hang up quirky little pickle1-shaped ornaments3 when it comes time to trim their Christmas trees.
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每年圣诞节,美国和英国的家庭都会在圣诞树上挂上新奇有趣的腌黄瓜状小饰品。
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The practice is favored by many English-speaking families, and is thought to be a centuries-old tradition brought over from Germany.
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The tradition involves hiding the pickle ornament2 among the branches, and rewarding the child who finds it with the chance to open gifts first -- or, alternatively, that person simply gets good luck for the year.
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The origin of the tradition, however, is a bit murky4.
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In fact, it doesn't seem to have actually originated in Germany at all, since most Germans don't practice it.
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A 2016 New York Times article pointed5 to a YouGov poll, in which 2,057 Germans were asked about the Christmas pickle.
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The survey found that 91 percent had never even heard of it.
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Another theory is that the tradition of hanging a pickle didn't actually start in Germany, but with a German immigrant in the US.
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According to a 2011 edition of Tampa Bay magazine, one legend goes that a German man named John Lower, who was born in Bavaria in 1842, moved to the US and became ill when he was in prison during the Civil War.
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He convinced a guard to give him a pickle as a last meal, but he ended up surviving. ?After being released, he honored that pickle by starting his own family tradition of hiding a pickle in his Christmas tree for the kids -- saying whoever found it would have the same good fortune he did.
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Of course, that story is also unconfirmed, and could just be a tale that popped up to explain the pickles6 later on.
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According to Wide Open Country, the whole pickle game was most likely a marketing7 ploy8 to sell German glass ornaments to Americans.
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It was said to be concocted9 by F.W. Woolworth when the store began importing the ornaments in 1880. Each one would come with a card that told the story of the tradition.
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Whether the tradition is real or manufactured, pickle ornaments have become quite ubiquitous.
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While whimsical foodie ornaments shaped like avocado toast, hot sauce, pancakes, and ramen have become popular in recent years, pickle ornaments aren't just a fad10.


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1 pickle mSszf ?? ?
n.腌汁,泡菜;v.腌,泡
参考例句:
  • Mother used to pickle onions.妈妈过去常腌制洋葱。
  • Meat can be preserved in pickle.肉可以保存在卤水里。
2 ornament u4czn ?? ?
v.装饰,美化;n.装饰,装饰物
参考例句:
  • The flowers were put on the table for ornament.花放在桌子上做装饰用。
  • She wears a crystal ornament on her chest.她的前胸戴了一个水晶饰品。
3 ornaments 2bf24c2bab75a8ff45e650a1e4388dec ?? ?
n.装饰( ornament的名词复数 );点缀;装饰品;首饰v.装饰,点缀,美化( ornament的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  • The shelves were chock-a-block with ornaments. 架子上堆满了装饰品。
  • Playing the piano sets up resonance in those glass ornaments. 一弹钢琴那些玻璃饰物就会产生共振。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 murky J1GyJ ?? ?
adj.黑暗的,朦胧的;adv.阴暗地,混浊地;n.阴暗;昏暗
参考例句:
  • She threw it into the river's murky depths.她把它扔进了混浊的河水深处。
  • She had a decidedly murky past.她的历史背景令人捉摸不透。
5 pointed Il8zB4 ?? ?
adj.尖的,直截了当的
参考例句:
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
6 pickles fd03204cfdc557b0f0d134773ae6fff5 ?? ?
n.腌菜( pickle的名词复数 );处于困境;遇到麻烦;菜酱
参考例句:
  • Most people eat pickles at breakfast. 大多数人早餐吃腌菜。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I want their pickles and wines, and that.' 我要他们的泡菜、美酒和所有其他东西。” 来自英汉文学 - 金银岛
7 marketing Boez7e ?? ?
n.行销,在市场的买卖,买东西
参考例句:
  • They are developing marketing network.他们正在发展销售网络。
  • He often goes marketing.他经常去市场做生意。
8 ploy FuQyE ?? ?
n.花招,手段
参考例句:
  • I think this is just a government ploy to deceive the public.我认为这只是政府欺骗公众的手段。
  • Christmas should be a time of excitement and wonder,not a cynical marketing ploy.圣诞节应该是兴奋和美妙的时刻,而不该是一种肆无忌惮的营销策略。
9 concocted 35ea2e5fba55c150ec3250ef12828dd2 ?? ?
v.将(尤指通常不相配合的)成分混合成某物( concoct的过去式和过去分词 );调制;编造;捏造
参考例句:
  • The soup was concocted from up to a dozen different kinds of fish. 这种汤是用多达十几种不同的鱼熬制而成的。
  • Between them they concocted a letter. 他们共同策划写了一封信。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 fad phyzL ?? ?
n.时尚;一时流行的狂热;一时的爱好
参考例句:
  • His interest in photography is only a passing fad.他对摄影的兴趣只是一时的爱好罢了。
  • A hot business opportunity is based on a long-term trend not a short-lived fad.一个热门的商机指的是长期的趋势而非一时的流行。
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