The Christmas Pickle is a tradition that I started for our niece and nephew years ago; it’s one of my favorite parts of our holiday celebrations. The Pickle Game changes each year, with me creating the devious rules designed to thwart the efforts of the ever-eager and getting-harder-to-fool-each-year pickle searchers. Let me explain.
Mr. Saucy and I never had children; the closest we have in our life is our niece and nephew, children of my sister Sarah. Years ago, I decided to start a tradition at Christmas that would incorporate The Christmas Pickle.
The Christmas Pickle is a pickle ornament that I hide in the Christmas tree every year. This tradition was said to originate in Germany, but there is some question about that now; the challenge is to find the pickle ornament in the tree, and the person finding it either gets a special gift or good fortune for the coming year.
The way I design the game changes each year, but the result is the same. Whoever finds the pickle gets a special little something, but they both get to share another special gift. There is never a “loser,” and it’s always fun. Some years the shared gift is magnificent, some years it’s silly, but the search for The Pickle is always a highlight of our gathering.
This year, my nephew had some surgery on the 18th and is unable to get out of the house for a while. That meant that they wouldn’t be able to join us in our normal celebration at my house. So, yesterday I delivered their Christmas gifts and specific instructions for how this year’s game is to be played by them on Christmas morning.
The most gratifying aspect of this little Christmas tradition happened this year. Our niece and nephew have loved The Pickle Ornament game so much that they now own their own pickle ornaments; they wanted to be able to continue the tradition in their own homes when they grow up. When my sister told me the kids both had to have their own pickle ornaments, my heart grew three sizes. We didn’t have children, but I have been able to create Christmas magic for them; starting a tradition at will be carried on for years and years.
Isn’t that one of the joys of this holiday season? Setting the traditions, or maintaining traditions from generation to generation, is a special part of the magic of Christmas. So, on this Christmas Eve, my wish for you is Christmas magic. Your very own Christmas magic…whatever that may be…I hope your day shines with it.
Thank you so much for being here with me and Happy Christmas from our house to yours.