How to Hide a Pickle in a Christmas Tree


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

  • Thread
  • Metal hook
  • Plastic cling wrap or baggy
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery thread

Pickle-Shaped Ornaments

  • 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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