Instead of waffling around, complaining of how much there is to write about, let’s get right down to it…shall we?
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 19:00
Beloved neighbors S+J arrive to help us with our favorite Christmas tradition…finding the pickle.
ugh, we LURVE them
Find the pickle you ask? To whit:
It is a quaint tradition that nobody wants to claim. And its story would not be the first tradition of Christmas born of a total fabrication. It is the little-known tradition of the Christmas pickle.
The Christmas pickle is not really a pickle at all. It is a pickle-shaped ornament that is the last one hung on the tree on Christmas Eve. The first child to find the Christmas pickle gets an extra gift from Saint Nicholas. Or so the so-called legend goes. source
Ok, fine. So no one wants to claim the pickle as their own. Whatever. We did! S+J, with the help of Msheed, hid the pickle for us in the tree during our evening of forced labor. They even provided a gift for the winner. They hid the pickle SUPER well and enjoyed our struggle to find it. MB was triumphant!
He won the super great coffee mug + Dunkin Doughnuts gift card, both of which I promptly stole. S+J sneakily hid the offending pickle IN THE MITTEN ornaments that were placed on the tree branches’ ends.
After MB was showered with gifts and praise, we hung the pickle back on the tree in plain sight.
And so began our Christmas extravaganza.
Do you have any customs that you’ve incorporated into you new life and the lives of others?