Friday, December 4, 2009

A Favorite Christmas Tradition

One of the traditions all of our grandsons look forward to each year started back when G1 and G2 were little. These pictures were taken last year - the 1st year in our new house. All of the boys came to me at one time or the other to ask if this particular tradition was going to continue at the new house. They wanted to make sure it was still in tact.

Here's G3 and G4. Can you tell what they're all doing? They're looking for something on the tree. Do you know what it might be?

It's this - a pickle ornament. Whoever has the sharpest eyes and is the first to spy the pickle in the branches of the tree on Christmas morning gets the "pickle prize" and bragging rights for the year.

We started this tradition back when G1 and G2 were little. And let me tell you - they keep track from year to year of who the winner was the year before.

Since G1 and G2 are so much older (and bigger) than G3 and G4, I've made the executive decision that the pickle has to be hidden twice. Not necessarily because G1 and G2 are faster at finding the pickle but because they are very competitive by nature and I'm afraid in all the excitement G3 and/or G4 could get hurt.

It's not so much about the small extra treat the winner gets - it's more about the bragging rights. That seems to be very important to the male of the species - at least in our family.

I had already planned to post about this particular tradition today when I came across a pickle giveaway yesterday over at Olivia and Me. Click on over there and read more about the tradition and how it may have originated.

Have a wonderful weekend and if you have shopping to do, I hope the crowds aren't too bad where you are.


  1. You've piqued my curiosity. I must go find out...

    I think the male hunting and foraging gene must kick in during this tradition.

  2. Oh, I love this story and tradition. I need a pickle!!!

    Have a blessed time preparing for the holiday.

  3. Love that tradition! How fun for the grandkids. I need to find a pickle ornament because my husband is a pickle fanatic.

  4. OOh thank you sweetie for posting about your traditions and that lovely pickle story!!!

    I've become a follower of your blog and look forward to reading more!


  5. I had never even heard of hiding a pickle ornament until about 5 years ago when I was at a friend's house and she was talking about it. Very fun!

  6. What fun! Aren't traditions just the best family glue.

  7. What fun! Aren't traditions just the best family glue?

  8. I never heard of this tradition either until recently. I like your "executive decision." It's fair and adds to the fun. Bragging rights, huh? Now that's a "gift" that can't be taken away! How fun!

  9. We do this one, too! It's just fun

  10. I need to find me a pickle ornament. Wish I would have heard of this years ago. I just recently was introduced to the "pickle".