« The Decorations Are Out | Main | Aprons! »

December 11, 2008

Comments

Julia

Hi Nicole,
*grin* - what a funny tradition. And I already wondered why there were those pickle ornaments between the 'normal' ones in the stores lately... I tried to get my mother into buying a pickle for her tree, too {she collects funny ornaments} but she didn't want to. I think I'll give her one for Christmas so that we can play this game, too...
Oh, there is probably a reason why this tradition can't be German origin: we open our presents on Dec. 24th (Heilig Abend) & mostly don't decorate the Christmas tree until Dec. 23rd (some do it even on Christmas Eve). So no time for searching & getting an extra present.
Thanks for sharing - I love getting to know traditions from other countries/cultures...
Have great day,
Julia

Lisa D.

Every year I take the kids and let them each pick out an ornament (which I will then send with them when they leave home). About 3 years ago, Eric picked the pickle and it came with the story. I hide the pickle and the first kid to find it on Christmas morning gets $5.

Libby

Such a fun tradition. When we traveled to Germany, a pickle ornament was NUMBER 1 on my list of souvenirs.

Kris Bair

It's a fun tradition we do in our house - only our pickle ornament is about an inch long. I always make sure hubby knows where it is at too - so I don't loose it!
Kris

MIss Jean

I have a pickle for my tree, too! I also have a birds nest (fake) that is supposed to be good luck. One year we bought a "real" tree and it had a birds nest in it. I love these traditions!

Brenda Ackerman

Sounds like a lot of fun. It is amazing how some ornaments do disappear in the tree each year. Thanks for sharing.

Teresa

I have one of these pickles...but you know, my husband put it on the tree and now I can't find it. LOL

Cindy

Hey Nicole, I have a pickle on my tree also. Funny, but I always thought it was a Polish tradition.

John

We do the pickle thing, too! When I first started dating my wife, her family introduced me to the tradition ... I then brought it home to my family, and now they do it, too. Fun!

Here's my question: what do you usually supply as the "surprise" gift? We've sort of fallen into the routine of a nice, crisp $20 bill.

JudyC

Well I don't have a pickle ornament but I do have a pear! I believe you that it's hard to find, I have 6 glass hearts on the tree every year and when it comes to pack them back in their box I spend 15 minutes or more finding the last one every year!

jacquie

this may need to be a new tradition in our family. love this idea!

*karendianne

I only learned of this last year to tell you the truth. Its a wonderful tradition I think.

Tina

We have put a pickle in our trees for the last few years. We put a pickle in each tree this year and the kids have not mentioned it. They must have forgotten about it. Last year I couldn't even find it!

How are your doggies?

Nancy

Nicole, as big as your tree is, I can't begin to imagine how hard it will be to find that pickle. Sounds like a fun tradition too, I wish I had known of it when I had kids young or older around to enjoy Christmas with us. Let us know who wins the extra gift.

Nancy

Nicole, as big as your tree is, I can't begin to imagine how hard it will be to find that pickle. Sounds like a fun tradition too, I wish I had known of it when I had kids young or older around to enjoy Christmas with us. Let us know who wins the extra gift.

Cathe in Ut

We do the pickle thing too when Santa remembers to hide it! LOL
I hang it on the tree when we put it up and then Santa is supposed to hide it somewhere else.
I give $5 too

Vivian Love

At the Nixon Presidential Library (where I was a tour guide for 7 years) here in Yorba Linda, CA, they have a German Christmas tree displayed during the holidays. On that tree there is a pickle ornament hidden and the security guards love to move it to different parts of the tree from time to time. Everytime I took people through the museum, the pickle ornament was someplace else. Lots of fun.

The Nixon Presidential Library displays dozens of Christmas trees representing different countries. This is a tradition they have for about a month during the holidays.

Thanks for reminding me of that German tradition I learned about there!

Vivian Love

At the Nixon Presidential Library (where I was a tour guide for 7 years) here in Yorba Linda, CA, they have a German Christmas tree displayed during the holidays. On that tree there is a pickle ornament hidden and the security guards love to move it to different parts of the tree from time to time. Everytime I took people through the museum, the pickle ornament was someplace else. Lots of fun.

The Nixon Presidential Library displays dozens of Christmas trees representing different countries. This is a tradition they have for about a month during the holidays.

Thanks for reminding me of that German tradition I learned about there!

Thimbleanna

Hmmm, now that you mention it, I don't remember unpacking our pickle. I'll have to go see if it's on the tree!

Thimbleanna

Hmmm, now that you mention it, I don't remember unpacking our pickle. I'll have to go see if it's on the tree!

Susan Ramey Cleveland

Hi Nicole! Did you find your pickle yet?

Sheri

What cute tradition. I've never seen a pickle ornament before.

Susan Ramey Cleveland

Hey Nicole! Where are you? Are you still looking for that pickle?????

Laura

When we decorated our tree over a week ago, we couldn't find our pickle either! So today we bought another one. I love the tradition. Love your blog too.
~Laura

Christine Cohrs

Well I have never heard of this tradion in Germany ever...
The tree only gets put up on Christmas eve and us children did not get to see the tree before that.

cheers
Christine

The comments to this entry are closed.