Christmas tree and all of it fancy lights, Mom's Santa ornaments, Hallmark ornaments and kids ornaments have all been tucked back into their storage containers and placed in the attic. Makes the house look blah with all of the glitz and glitter gone. It was nice while it lasted.
We had a pickle ornaments on our tree which is a German tradition. Here's the pickle “legend” from one Web site: “A very old Christmas eve tradition in Germany was to hide a pickle [ornament] deep in the branches of the family Christmas Tree. The parents hung the pickle last after all the other ornaments were in place. In the morning they knew the most observant child would receive an extra gift from St. Nicholas. The first adult who finds the pickle traditionally gets good luck for the whole year.”
Since we both are of German descent we found this tradition fun for the grandkids. Neither of our families followed this tradition but it was one we discovered and have done for a few years. That is the great thing about the holidays....you get to make your own traditions.
Good bye tree and ornaments see you in November.