Do you have a pickle ornament for your Christmas tree in your family? I know you are probably saying a what?? I'm talking about a green shiny ornament shaped like a pickle.
Several years ago I blogged about "The simple joys of Christmas" and explained a ritual we started when the grandkids were small. A friend told me about a German tradition (my mom is part German so I figured what the heck!). I looked in several stores and Christmas shows until I found a green shiny pickle ornament.
The tradition began once I had one in hand. On Christmas after the last present is opened we send all the grandkids out of the room. Someone holds watch (usually Uncle John) while we hang the pickle somewhere on the tree and then we let the kids come in. There is to be no shoving and pushing and they must look with their eyes and point and say "I found it!" No grabbing!! This year we talked about being a good sport. There is only one winner and we encouraged those to congratulate the winner!
We have 5 grandchildren who now range in age from 9-14. It is amazing that a different child usually wins every year. This year it was Maggie's turn to win the extra gift. Since the kids are older the extra gift is cash...everyone's wish!
A surprise to end the day of gift giving...a fun tradition!