A summer with a prolific vegetable garden, resulting in LOTS of canning means homemade Christmas gifts. We had 10+ cucumber plants, which equals a TON of pickles. I wanted to give these to my MOPS group, but thought it was a little lame to just give a jar pickles. That's when I remembered the Christmas Pickle Ornament & German tradition that goes with them. I found the ornaments at Oriental Trading for just $1/pc, created a tag to explain the tradition & send our well wishes, add a little ribbon & fabric and you have a festive, homemade Christmas gift!