Have a Christmas tradition in your family? If not, how about starting “The Christmas Pickle Tradition?!” It’s a beloved family tradition that teaches a meaningful lesson – to give from your heart.
The author of The Christmas Pickle Tradition, Tammy Lee Dwyer, says she saw a need to formalize the tradition when she and her son went in search of a storybook explaining the tradition of hanging a pickle ornament on a Christmas tree but could not find one. Tammy wrote a storybook and created a beautiful gift set including a shiny pickle ornament for families to share. The long-loved ‘PICKLE’ tradition is now available in a gorgeous gift set for families to cherish year after year.
Here are a few answers to your questions about the tradition, straight from the author herself!
- What is The Christmas Pickle Tradition?
TCPT is a wonderful, quirky tradition where a pickle ornament is hidden on the Christmas Tree and the first person to find it on Christmas morning gets to open the first present; typically an extra present from Santa. The tradition itself has been around for over 100 years, so many people have already a pickle – but most (surprisingly) don’t really know why.
- What made you want to write about this Tradition?
In 2013 my son and I were at the dollar store when I first saw a pickle ornament. It was attached to a small card that said, “Hang this on your Christmas tree. The first person on Christmas morning to find it gets to open the first present!” I thought it was super cute and bought one for each child in my son’s kindergarten class. I was excited to share this tradition with my son and his classmates so I searched high and low for a storybook about the tradition, but I could not find anything! I decided to make up my own story to accompany the tradition that included a funny little elf named Pickle. The children loved it! That’s when I realized that this amazing tradition deserved its own story!
The best part of this tradition is that it’s suited for anyone and everyone that has a Christmas Tree! We’ve heard from lot of young families just starting out and they want to incorporate a new tradition into their family’s celebration. It’s a great way to teach kids the true meaning of Christmas and the spirit of giving. This is an appropriate gift for anyone to give- boy or girl, young or old!
4. What would you suggest the reward is for finding the pickle?
There are several things that we would recommend:
Pay it forward- the child who finds the pickle can choose another person to go first. This helps preserve the true meaning of Christmas.
Child gets a present- a special little gift that is age appropriate (a book, pack of gum, etc.)
Child gets bragging rights- the child wins the title of Pickle Finder of the Year!
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