Kids in general love having the chance to give a little gift to their classmates around the holidays. Some years that ends up being a production, and you have to love the classroom favors that are EASY…and if we’re honest, aren’t chock full of sugar. Which is why this year I’m loving these Christmas Pickle Ornaments sent to me by Oriental Trading.
Now Oriental Trading has a TON of inexpensive Christmas toys and gifts that are great for classroom giving–I do have another idea or two I’ll be throwing your way–but the Christmas Pickles just tickled me when I saw them. So after getting my hands on a dozen, I had to go read up on this “Christmas Tradition.”
There are a few sites out that myth-bust the Christmas Pickle story–just give it a Google. From what I can gather, the Christmas Pickle is something completely made up in the last few decades. Some store had over ordered glass blown ornament in a variety of fruits and veggies and had to get rid of them. Truly marketing at it’s greatest! The places that say the Christmas Pickle is a German tradition? Ask a German, apparently they’ll tell you they’ve never heard of it. I haven’t had a chance to do so myself, but I’m betting after posting this I’ll hear from a few!
But I really have a soft spot for the absurd.
So of course I love the Christmas Pickle. It’s just ridiculous. In theory, though, if you can get five extra minutes sleep Christmas morning because the kids are looking for a pickle? Might be worth it!
To help you gift your own pickles, I’ve created a free printable of the Christmas Pickle Poem to tag your ornaments with.
Cut out a few 1 inch stars with your Cricut machine or star puncher,
and loop it through the top of the tree tag for a little extra shimmer.
You can pick up your Christmas Pickle Ornaments here.
Happy classroom gift giving!