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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hunting for the Pickle...

The Christmas Pickle

"In Old World Germany, the last decoration placed on the Christmas Tree was always a pickle...carefully hidden deep in the boughs.

Legend has it that the observant child who found it on Christmas Day was blessed with a year of good fortune...and a special gift"



They searched...and they searched...

And Andy found it!!!

Im so kicking myself in the rear for not starting this 'tradition' years ago..as it kept my three 'kids' entertained for about 20 minutes trying to find that darned pickle hiding in the tree (tim..you did an awesome job hiding that sucker!!)

It was so funny watching them trying to find that glass pickle ornament.. and when Tim told us he could see it from where he was sitting on the floor..they all dropped to their knees and began a deeper search. Even I (with an experienced 'uterus' which is known to be a secret tracking device and finder of all things lost")..couldn't find it!!
Once I did spy it..it was amazing that they were all just soooo close..and practically staring at it the whole time! It was like trying to find a needle in a haystack!

But in the end...Andy was the winner of the Pickle hunt..and because they all showed such great enthusiasm in trying to find it first..we rewarded them with letting them each open a present :)

I can imagine how this scene would have played out years ago.. with one kid finding the pickle and the other two crying because they 'lost'..or it 'wasn't fair'.. or it was 'hidden too deep'... or 'hidden too high'.. 'he's taller'..'she's shorter'.. excuses! So maybe it's better we started this game as 'grown ups' LOL

I loved having all three kids home on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day :)

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas filled with family love..and I hope you all have a prosperous and healthy New Year :)



6 comments:

Lori said...

Sam, how fun!!! i am cracking up about your description of doing this with small children...yep, i think you imagined that just right...i hope you have a wonderful and blessed new year!!!

Carolee said...

Too fun! We have the pickle ornament on our tree too, but always forget to do the hunt, lol..

Happy New Year!
~ Carolee

Designs By CK said...

Hi Sandy!

You are the best and thanks for ALL your support & friendship in 2008!

Hoping 2009 will be a great year for BOTH of us!!!

Happy New Years!!!

XOXO
Chris

vintagepaletteart said...

LOL................we've been playing hide......(oops) find the pickle since Morgan was a little girl! My tree makes it too easy to find it though because its branches are spaced far apart. It's not full like yours is.

I'm so glad that you started this tradition too! =D

Still giggling at the.... (with an experienced 'uterus' which is known to be a secret tracking device and finder of all things lost") comment!

You nut...........
xoxoxoxo
Happy New Years Eve to you too Sam!
*Nana

Ragamuffin Gal said...

That is so fun! I loved hearing your story of the pickle search. Merry Christmas and very blessed New Year!

linda cardina said...

hi sandra!
your photography and work is so beautiful!! i love your blog too! i'm new to the blogland and i can't wait to start adding to mine. hope u have a nice day! linda

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