The Christmas Pickle

If you haven't met already, let me introduce you to "The Christmas Pickle" Rumor and speculation place the origin of this tradition in Germany. But no one seems to have officially adopted the fun.

The tradition: the elegant and exquisite pickle ornament is the last to be hung on the tree and the first child to find it gets to open an extra gift from Santa.

In my house the tradition has been mildly altered: Christmas morning we all wake up a little later than we used to, we drink a gallon of coffee, while we open gifts under the tree. Somewhere around cup number 4 we all simultaneously realize we have forgotten to look for the PICKLE. Eyes widen with awareness, elbows start flying, the gauntlet has been thrown! The search begins! Merry Christmas Everyone...

I hope that you all find your Christmas Pickle~

The Holiday Classics, according to Tara ... and most everyone I think

Since it is the Season of Santa, I have been thinking a lot about the holidays and wondering whether the kids today have the same kind of holiday I had when I was younger. I know what you are thinking "Younger? You are young." But you've got to know what I mean... Do they still enjoy Rudolph's blinking red nose and Frosty's magic hat, or do they turn on the TV hoping to find Sponge Bob's Christmas Special and Hannah Montana singing "All I want for Christmas is You." Christmas is such a magical time for those who are young and old. So in the spirit of the Holidays I thought I would run down the list of the CLASSIC Holiday Tales from the 20th century that still remind me of my magical childhood Christmas's

"The Snowman" by Raymond Biggs. An illustrated story book with no words, just fantastic magical drawings of a boy and his snowman friend. No words! Just Pictures... its like a dream for any young kid!

"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" written by Robert May and Romeo Muller. A Glowing Nose! Who thinks this stuff up! Its like GOLD. To tell you the truth, if one of my peers came to me with a blinking red nose, I think I'd be syked to have them as a friend! How cool is that?

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" a Dr. Seuss FAVORITE of my. "And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day. And then - the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two!"

"Frosty the Snowman" Lyrics by Steve "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson. There is nothing better than a story of a magical hat that brings a snowman alive, with a song to go along with it!

"Charlie Brown Christmas" by Charles Shultz. Shouldn't we all have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree somewhere in our holidays?


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