The custom of hiding a pickle in the Christmas tree relates to the German tradition of opening a new jar of pickles for Christmas Eve. After you fully decorate the tree with lights and ornaments, you hide the pickle. The first person to find the hidden pickle gets a special gift. While you do have the option of hiding a real pickle, a pickle-shaped tree ornament requires less effort. To prevent sneak peeks, you might want to hide it the night before Christmas, once everyone else falls asleep.
Things You'll Need
- Metal hook
- Plastic cling wrap or baggy
- Embroidery needle
- Embroidery thread
Insert a piece of string or a metal ornament hook through the circular opening at the top of the pickle-shaped ornament.
Choose a section of the tree, considering the age group for which you're hiding the ornament. A lower portion of the tree is within a child's reach, whereas the upper portion of the tree is not.
Tie the string or metal hook around your chosen tree branch. Tie it behind a cluster of other ornaments or place it close to the trunk of the tree for better concealment.
Hiding a Fresh Pickle
Wrap a pickle in clingy plastic wrap or enclose it in a small plastic baggy.
Thread a long embroidery needle with about eight inches of embroidery thread.
Insert the needle through the center of the wrapped pickle, and push it through until the thread runs through the pickle.
Pull the thread through the pickle until equal portions of thread hang from each side. Remove the needle, and tie the thread ends together to form a loop.
Hang the threaded pickle from your chosen tree branch.
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