Every Christmas our two boys search our tree for a pickle ornament we've hidden the night before. Whoever finds it gets an extra Christmas surprise. Soon much fun. Here is the story behind this tradition.
A very old Christmas eve tradition in Germany was to hide a pickle [ornament] deep in the branches of the family Christmas Tree. The parents hung the pickle last after all the other ornaments were in place. In the morning they knew the most observant child would receive an extra gift from St. Nicholas. The first adult who finds the pickle traditionally gets good luck for the whole year.
The last photo is the one who found the pickle. He's so funny!