Thursday, December 6, 2012

Old Favorite New Memory

I have not made it to an Nevada City Victorian Christmas in years. I am so excited me & my sister Rainy are going this year!! Just us sisters we will meet in the city and enjoy a old time favorite event. I am also excited to replace my pickle ornament, mine broke in our move. Do you know the story on the pickle ornament?
The Christmas pickle is not an actual pickle, it is simply a Christmas ornament that is shaped like a pickle. The ornament is hidden on a family's Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning, all of the children in the house take turns looking for the pickle ornament and the child who finds the Christmas pickle receives an extra present for his or her good work.

This is what my old one looked like I got it when I was 16 in Grass Valley
 Today, parents love this tradition because it encourages children to take the time to appreciate all of the beautiful ornaments on the Christmas tree. Instead of simply rushing to open their presents, they spend time talking about the unique history of all the holiday decorations. (courtesy of Bing info).
I have a few things written down that I want to do, attend, & experience again quickly, I can not say "Bucket List" because a bucket list is for things you have NEVER done. I do have a few of those as well but oddly enough those aren't as important to me to accomplish as the ones that I have done before but it has been a while....like the Nevada City event, the trips over to S.F and Monterey's candy cane lane to mention a few this time of year.
The reconnecting with my siblings has been a major blessings and I am cherishing having sister time, we are very similiar in our sense of humor so it is a hoot doing things together. I try and not think of what life would have been like if we were raised together being so close in age and stuff but focus on the memories we have made. We lost 22 yrs of our lives together (thanks mom NOT) but we have  more memories to establish and our children are close that is a HUGE rebuilding of our heritage/family history. I will post photos from our adventure after we attend :]

15 comments:

  1. Sounds wonderful! I am just a wee bit envious because I don't get to spend near enough time with my sisters! Enjoy every moment.

    And, I did not know that about the pickle ornament! That would have been fun to know about 17-18 years ago!

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    1. yes it is a fun tradition with young kids but their is always grandbabies as a new thing to start?? I am really glad to have my sis in my life we weren't raised together so it is special ^,^

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  2. I am so glad you will be spending time with your sister. My only remaining sister is 500 miles away from me and I haven't seen her in over 2 years. She is getting ready to have major surgery on the 18th.

    HUGS!!!!

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    1. i will have prayers for her, as I do for you daily HUGS mama Beth <3

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  3. I have never done the "pickle" ornament tradition. We Italians like to stick to things like baking rings in cakes for the New Year. Whoever chokes on and/or discovers the ring, has a prosperous New Year. The pickle tradition sounds much safer. ;) Your trip sounds wonderful, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy and I look forward to your pics! I'm hoping to see my sis out west very, very soon. :)

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    1. oh the ring thing sounds super fun I hope you get your visit soon Italian families are so so close so I bet the visit is way over due ","

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  4. I know you are going to have a wonderful time. I can't wait to see the photos.

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    1. thanks I hope so and I will do pictures ","

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  5. I love your pickled little tradition! I have a feeling generations of your family will be doing the same in 100 years.

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    1. Wouldn't that be neat?? i love the photo of you & so proud of you :]

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  6. I loove spending time with my youngest sister. She just joined us a trip to see my grandchildren and then a theatre visit. Enjoy your time with your sister and reconnecting with old memories and maybe make a few new ones.

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    1. Yes the new ones are great. I am the youngest sister so I hope she feels the same as you do for yours LOL

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  7. I didn't know the tradition about the pickle....but....my niece loves pickles and I saw an ornament with the meaning at the DOLLAR TREE..can you believe that?....and I got it just for her. Maybe she can make it a tradition at her house!!! HOPE you have a great time!

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    1. ohhh yes she most deffinately should!! Yes lately we are seeing more old traditions pooping up trying to keep people connected to buying and applying more commercialism.

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  8. Sister time, Yay! Have a blast and make lots of memories, Janice. I had heard of the pickle tradition. We haven't done it but it does sound like fun!

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