We have a family tradition that we enjoy every Christmas. I haven't met many other families who partake in this, but I never thought it was unusual or anything. Maybe it's more popular in certain regions than it is in others. I don't know. But it's something we look forward to, it makes us laugh, guys are so competitive, and it's fun!
So, what is this tradition you ask?
We have a Christmas Pickle! We don't have any little ones around here anymore, but it doesn't matter to us, and we still have fun with it. It's a life-sized, blown glass ornament that I hide deep in the boughs of our tree. It's always the last ornament I hang, usually the night before...as soon as nobody is looking! It's green, so it blends in with the tree pretty well, especially once all of the other ornaments and lights are in place. When we sit down to exchange gifts, the first person who finds The Pickle receives a special "Pickle Finder" gift. Over the years some of those special little gifts have been a Chia Pet (yes really!), a box of chocolates, or a tin of homemade cookies. It's a goofy little gift that everyone can have fun with. I've got it all dialed in for this year, but I can't tell you what's in store for The Finder this year. All I can say is it's something that's never been given to any Pickle Finder before. I'd hate to spoil their surprise!
I'd be interested in hearing if anyone else has a Christmas Pickle, or has heard of them. Maybe in fact, it is a regional thing. Whatever the case may be, I have noticed them more often in the last several years, so maybe their popularity is on the upswing?