I’m a sucker for Christmas traditions. Some people string popcorn and hang it on their tree. Some people sing Christmas carols. Some people attend midnight mass. I have fond memories of these lovely Tonic Family traditions:
- Cussing up a storm as we try to figure out which bulb is causing the whole strand to blackout
- Having tree sap stuck to my skin and hair for days after helping get the tree in the base
- Waking up at ungodly hours because a tiny person in the house wants to get up before the sun does to open presents
- My parents arguing because my dad forgot to charge the camcorder battery for the 900th year in a row
- Feeling bloated and praying for a swift death after consuming too many sweets
Another tradition that has withstood the test of time in my household is that of the Christmas Pickle. Many people thought this was originally a German tradition, but according to Wikipedia, that’s a bunch of malarkey. I honestly thought it was something my mom made up because she used poor judgment and bought an ugly pickle ornament.
The way the Christmas Pickle works is pretty straightforward. After the tree is trimmed (this is how fancy people say “decorated”) the parents hide the pickle in the tree. The kids then spend time digging through the branches trying to find this pickle, and the first person to find it wins something. In my family, we’d get five bucks and major bragging rights. (Note: kids in junior high don’t find it as impressive as your family does when you find the Christmas Pickle. Learned that the hard way.)
Today’s challenge is sharing one of your Christmas/holiday traditions. I’ve got a lot of international readers so I’m looking forward to hearing about what everyone does this time of year.
Last, but not least, let me announce the winners from Day 5 and Day 6. Day 5′s winner is Lyssapants and Day 6′s winner is Tired of Previews! E-mail me at Sipsofjenandtonic@gmail.com to claim your prizes.
Adios for now, Hooked on Tonics.