Do you have a pickle ornament for your Christmas tree in your family?

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MaggieDo 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!

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Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Joshua,

Thanks for stopping by! Best wishes for a great year in 2011!

Dec 28, 2010 12:10 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Michael,

I'm sure you have been in a pickle before..no surprise to me!

Dec 28, 2010 12:11 AM #14
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, Dorie.....family traditions are fun and children always appreciate those traditions later in life.

Dec 28, 2010 12:44 AM #15
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

I hope you had a Merry Christmas Dorie. I had never heard this before about the pickle ornament.

Dec 28, 2010 01:29 AM #16
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William "Bill" and Karen Farragher
EXIT Blue Water Realty, Matawan, NJ 07747 - Matawan, NJ
SFR

Dorie, we have been putting the pickle ornament on our tree for years.  We have no children but our neices and nephew really enjoy looking for it, even the adults in the family look for it.  We don't give any gifts anymore since the kids are grown but we still hang it and look for it. Great fun! `Karen

Dec 28, 2010 01:39 AM #17
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Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

I've had a pickle ornament on my tree for years! I always had to explain it to whoever saw it. So glad to see I'm not the only one!

Dec 28, 2010 01:52 AM #18
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Dorie, this is a new one on me, and I am part German.  Sounds like a fun tradition for the whole family. Happy New Year.

Dec 28, 2010 02:45 AM #19
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Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor

Dorie,

The winner is a beautiful girl, reminding me of my niece.  Never heard of the pickle tradition, yet I'd enjoy watching the younger ones scrambling about, as when it happens with Easter egg hunting... g

Dec 28, 2010 03:56 AM #20
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Barbara,

You are right. Kids enjoy the fun and excitment..hopefully they will carry the tradition on!

Dec 28, 2010 07:39 AM #21
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Gary,

It is a fun tradition and the kids never let you forget!

Dec 28, 2010 07:40 AM #22
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Bill and Karen,

Glad to hear you have been placing your pickle ornament on the tree! It is great fun. I will always hang it on the tree and remember all the years the kids looked for it.

Dec 28, 2010 07:42 AM #23
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Craig,

So you had a pickle ornament on your tree? I learn something new each day about you!!

Dec 28, 2010 07:43 AM #24
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Rebecca,

The things you learn from ActiveRain! Best wishes for a Happy New Year!!

Dec 28, 2010 07:45 AM #25
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Gordon,

Maggie is a beautiful girl (of course her Nana is not prejudice at all) and she keeps things interesting! They are so much fun to watch!!

Dec 28, 2010 07:47 AM #26
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Michael and Cheron Lange
Solutions Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Associate Broker, GRI

I love it Dorie!  My father-in-law grew up in Zilt Germany, a northern island by Denmark, but raised in Remscheid Germany and the stories he tells of the pickle ornaments are pretty amazing...my kids love it!  :)

All the Best -   Cheron

Dec 28, 2010 08:56 AM #27
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Dorie - I have seen a lot of ornaments in my lifetime; but that is the very first pickle ornament I've seen.  Too cute!

Dec 28, 2010 09:55 AM #28
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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Dorie, What a cute photo.  My Mom had a pickle ornament and I had forgotten all about it.  She hasn't put up her big tree for several years!  This is a fun family tradition.

Dec 28, 2010 02:50 PM #29
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Mary,

It is such a fun family tradition! The kids love it!!

Dec 28, 2010 11:36 PM #30
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Fort Worth, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I've never heard of it; but what a fun family tradition!

Dec 29, 2010 03:30 PM #31
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Fort Worth, TX
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I've never heard of it; but what a fun family tradition!

Dec 29, 2010 03:30 PM #32
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