Tuesday, December 14, 2010

'Tis the Season... for Pickles!

I've been waiting to write a blog about the first snowfall of the year. I'm still waiting. Every weekend for the past month, Corey and his crew have geared up to head out to one ski resort or another, only to receive that call on Friday night: it's too warm, the man-made snow is melted, and there will be no snowboarding. Week after week, same story. In fact, it's raining out right now. So screw it- I'm starting my Christmas blogging without the snow.

CHRISTMAS!! We're in full-on holiday spirit mode. We won't be with any family this year (other than each other, obviously), but we're having a big Christmas party with lots of friends, so I'm sure it'll be a great holiday anyway.

We made gingerbread houses again this year. Can you guess who's is who's?

I'm squirming with anticipation... This is my big present from Corey:

I know it's something camera-related, but I don't know for the life of me what it could be that would come in a box that big. I would think he got me a lens and put it in a giant box to throw me off, but I picked up the package at the post office myself, and it really is this big. What could it be?!?!

Now- pickle time. Every year Corey and I buy each other ornaments (well, I buy him the current year's Hallmark Star Trek spaceship and he picks out something fun for me), and this year was the best one ever... Hide and Seek Pickle!!

I hear it's a German tradition to hide pickles in the Christmas tree, and this (plastic) one shouts out little clues while he's hiding ("Yoohoo!" "I'm over here!"). So cute! Given my love of pickles, this ornament is a serious winner. I want to play Hide the Pickle all day long.

They say tonight's the night for snow. I'll believe it when I see it. It better come soon before Corey tries snowboarding down the roof or something.

Happy Winter!


Marianne said...

Gorgeous pictures, as usual. I LOVE your new pickle ornament! Everything looks fantastic!

The Social Frog said...

What a beautiful Christmas tree! Where did you get it at?

StumpyG said...

Thanks guys!

The tree came from base. The Boy Scouts sell them every year. Not a huge selection, but at least we can get real ones, even here!

LizzyB said...

1. Is my mom seriously reading and posting comments on your blog but not mine?! That better be another Marianne...that happens to spell her name exactly the same way.
2. The pickle thing is hilarious! Dan's first Christmas with my family, my mom got him a pickle ornament. She said, "oh, isn't that what Germans do for Christmas?" He said, "I have no idea what you're talking about, but thanks for the pickle...Marianne." Anyway, Germans don't do anything with pickles for Christmas. Straight from the source. But your pickle ornament is awesome and hilarious!

StumpyG said...

Liz- LOL, that pickle story is too funny! Good to know- for future reference, Germans do NOT put pickles in their Christmas trees. And don't worry, it's another Marianne. If YOUR blog can't get your mom to join this internet fad, I don't think anything will. :)

Angie said...

ok i'm dying over here**
"i wanna play hide the pickle all day long"
i almost spit my water out.

also..i LOVE your pictures. and what an awesome tradition to give each other ornaments every year. i think we'll have to start that tradition.

**if that was an innocent line, excuse me and my 12 year old sense of humor ;)