I used to work at a children's store in Old Town, Alexandria, Why Not? Did you ever go? It was open for at least 30 years and during the Christmas season would turn up the volume on Christmas ornaments and gift giving and Santa Claus. I have a pickle ornament from those days (I worked there from 16 to 22 off and on) that goes on the tree every year but I had no idea it was associated with such a great tradition!
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