jam and pickle shower


Hello all,
I'm having difficulty understanding the sentence below
When Jennie Lister at the Corners was given a jam and pickle shower before her wedding, Jane went proudly with the others and took a basket full of jellies and pickles.
What does the phrase "a jam and pickle shower" mean?
Thanks a lot.
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  • natkretep

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    This appears to be from the Canadian writer L M Montgomery's book Jane of Lantern Hill (1939). The text is available from Project Gutenberg.

    A shower according to Collins is

    US, Canadian, Aus, NZ a party held to honour and present gifts to a person, as to a prospective bride
    so this is a party for the bride-to-be where guests bring pickles and jams as presents.


    American English
    It's not contemporary (jam and pickle), but it makes sense to me in AmE.

    We love our showers. Any sort is okay.
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