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O is for Ornaments

O is for Ornaments

Matthew Schroder O is for Ornaments

While many things are synonymous with Christmas, like reindeer and eggnog, I maintain that no other item has more of a feel of Christmas than Ornaments. Think about it. Everyone has a tree and as such everyone decorates it right? Right. They might even be more “Christmas” than Santa.

As someone of German descent, I actually have a tradition with ornaments: it’s called the Christmas Pickle. The deal is, someone hides the pickle within the branches of the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and the first person to find it Christmas morning gets an extra present, the first pick of a present, or simply good fortune. Now the sad news is a quick google search will show you that the tradition is not actually German. No one in Germany has any idea what it is. However, that seems to make it that much cooler. America’s melting pot actually creates incredible things that the citizens’ original cultures only wish they had thought of (kinda like Fortune Cookies being an American invention).

So therefore I urge you fellow Genevians (Genevites?) to join me in this tradition. If you already follow it, then I applaud you. However, if you don’t, there is still time to pick up a pickle, stuff it in the tree, and let the fun and Christmas cheer unfurl…So don’t wait!

P is for Pajamas

P is for Pajamas

N is for Nativity

N is for Nativity