On Tuesday, we were able to take a quick trip down to the Christkindlmarket. Sort of an outdoor German pop-up village, in the heart of Chicago's Loop. The girls enjoyed the different festive shops featuring handblown glass ornaments, clever wooden toys, candle pyramids, cuckoo clocks, and all kinds of authentic German food.
We picked up a few ornaments. And let me tell you, that wasn't an easy task. Too many beautiful ones to choose from, we settled on a toadstool house, a sweet marguerite daisy, a polka dotted toadstool, a glittery strawberry, and a green pickle.
Are you familiar with the German tradition of the Christmas pickle? It seems to be something of an urban myth, as many people in Germany have never heard of it. The first child who finds the hidden pickle on the tree Christmas morning receives a special gift from St. Nicholas.
I've an idea. The first person that helps Mom clean everything up after Christmas receives a special gift. Think it will work?