Hiding the Pickle & Other Weird Holiday Traditions

Long before the Elf on a Shelf was a glint in parents' eyes, my family used to hide knee hugger elves for me and my brother to find on Christmas Eve. It was a December version of an Easter egg hunt, and it's just what we did. I don't know how the tradition started, or who came up with it, but it was a staple of our holidays throughout childhood. I didn't realize until I was an adult that others didn't do the same thing, and had no idea what I was talking about.

Other traditions are more rooted in history versus family quirks, but one thing is clear: we all do some strange sh*t around the holidays. Some favorites:

• The possibly German tradition of hiding a glass pickle ornament in the Christmas tree.

• Holding money at the strike of midnight on New Year's, with the hope of wealth in the months to come.

• Purposefully donning "ugly christmas sweaters" at parties and family get-togethers.

How about you? Did your family do anything strange around the holidays? Or, which tradition do you particularly enjoy?

(Image: Vintage knee hugger elf, available from Lititz Carriage House).

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