The Christmas Pickle. If there was ever a Christmas tradition that had I-Mockery written all over it, it's gotta be this. Imagine my surprise when I was walking through the Christmas holiday aisles at Target and I find a whole shelf filled with Christmas Pickle ornaments - each in their own clear plastic cases for safekeeping! For those of you who are unaware of the history behind Christmas Pickles, allow me to explain what this awesomely oddball tradition is all about.
The pickle ornament is hidden inside the Christmas tree, and the kids would then search for it on Christmas morning. The first kid to find this green ornament receives an extra present. It's also said that the first adult to find the ornament receives good luck for the next year. A lot of people believe that the Christmas Pickle tradition originally came from Germany, but if you search around the web, you'll find plenty o' articles that suggest otherwise - many of which state that most Germans have never even heard of the Christmas Pickle. This, of course, makes it all the more amusing when you find a Christmas Pickle ornament for sale and it includes a tag which talks about its German origins.
Personally, I say we stop worrying about discovering the origins of it and start having more fun with the Christmas Pickle. Why not try replacing all the ornaments on our trees with Christmas Pickles instead. Imagine, a giant, beautiful tree covered in nothing but shiny green pickles. Maybe you could hide a regular ornament somewhere in the tree if you wanna do the whole "win an extra present" thing still.
It all starts here people. Together we can start a whole new holiday tradition. Together, we can bring the pickles into the Christmas limelight, instead of burying them deep within our holiday trees. Mark my words... pickle-covered trees are the future of Christmas.
In other news, this beauty is now a part of my ever-growing collection of holiday novelties. Jack In The Box has just released their new 2007 "Holiday Jack" antenna ball. For the first time, this year, they've included a flexible rod with a suction cup on it so you can stick your holiday ball wherever you like. And it's a good thing too, because I'm WAY too paranoid to leave something this cool on the antenna of my car. That's just begging for somebody to come along and steal it... and even if it didn't get stolen, a little bad weather could ruin it. Since Jack In The Box fast food chains aren't located everywhere (such as most of the East coast for example), I thought I would mention that you can find people selling these Holiday Jack balls online for fairly cheap prices in case you want one and don't have one of the burger joints near you. I highly recommend picking up one, cuz every time I look at Jack covered in all that Christmas glee, it puts a smile on my face.
This past Tuesday, I went with my friend Shannon to the New Beverly Cinema to see "Silent Night, Deadly Night" - a rare opportunity to see one of my favorite holiday horror films on the big screen (especially rare since it was yanked from theaters after only 2 weeks when it was originally released). The New Bev is well known for showing a wide variety of classic movies that any sane person with good taste wouldn't hesitate to go see in a theater again. You know, movies like Invasion U.S.A. and Big Trouble In Little China. It's also well known for having various celebrities making appearances to talk about these old films that they're fans of. Sure enough, Zack Ward (aka: Scut Farkus, the bully from "A Christmas Story") was there, talking about the original "Black Christmas" (which played before "Silent Night, Deadly Night"). If there's one thing that helps add to your Christmas spirit, it's having the guy who played Scut Farkus take a picture with you and make a punching gesture without you even asking for it. I'm guessing he's used to people asking him to pose and punch them so he just goes ahead and poses that way to begin with. So yeah, Scut Farkus and Silent Night, Deadly Night all in the same evening. Good holiday times indeed!
Oh, and in case any of you were wondering, his eyes weren't really yellow. I know, I know... I was crushed to discover this too.
Every year, a bunch of I-Mockery's members join in to participate in our annual Secret Santa event. We collect people's names and addresses and assign them to other members for a big anonymous gift exchange. Then once the gifts have been sent and received, people start posting pictures (often with stories) about the gifts they received. It's a lot of fun for everybody involved and I always look forward to seeing what crazy stuff I can send somebody and what crazy stuff I'll be receiving. Re and I have just posted our gift stories so you can see everything we received (her story is at the top and mine is a little further down on the page). Take a look! Then be sure to check out the rest of the pics that people have been posting in this big thread. There are still more pics to come! And hey, if you wanna get in on the Secret Santa event for next year, sign up on the forums now and join in our discussions so you don't have to go through the semi-lengthy confirmation process when the time comes in December 2008.
Also, I wanted to extend a big thanks to those of you who who've been buying me stuff from my Amazon Wish List! Sometimes you don't include notes with the gifts, so it's hard for me to track down exactly who sent it, but I really appreciate it nonetheless. With all the work that goes into this site each week, it's really cool that some of you guys like it enough to include me on your Christmas shopping lists. If you are one of the people who sent me a gift but didn't include a way for me to get in touch with you, please drop me an email so I can thank you properly.
Survey: So what are the things you guys are really hoping to get this Christmas? If you could only choose one gift, what would it be?
UPDATE 12/25/07: Merry Christmas all! Hope you guys got everything you wanted this year. And speaking of getting things, I should have something really nice to unveil in the next week or so! Ohhhh the suspense!
Alisa (Guest) on 12/22/2007 11:24 am
Just for informational purposes: You almost can't walk without hitting a Jack in the Box in North Carolina. I dunno about any of the other states nearby, but we've definitely got a few here.
Kryten Syxx (Guest) on 12/22/2007 2:59 pm
If I could only choose one gift it would have to be the . For only $20k you too can cruise around the desert in a mini skiff!
Shane Skekel (Guest) on 12/22/2007 4:22 pm
A new government. Of all the people that my fellow Louisianians had to elect, they had to elect a conservative who voted against tax relief and suceeded.
Protoclown (Guest) on 12/22/2007 4:46 pm
Yeah, Alisa is right. There are lots of Jack in the Boxes in North and South Carolina, as well as Tennessee.
And I remember a time when we used to have them in Virginia...*sniff*
-RoG- (Guest) on 12/22/2007 8:14 pm
Alisa & Proto, yeah if you check their store locations map, you'll see that NC, SC and TN are the only places on the East coast that have 'em. They're primarily located in the Western states. Not sure why they haven't expanded elsewhere yet. For chrissakes, they're even in Hawaii!
Kryten Syxx & Shane Skekel, haha I guess I should've specified what on your Christmas wish list is the thing you'd want most... in terms of things you could actually have a remote chance of getting on the 25th.
Count Mek (Guest) on 12/22/2007 8:22 pm
I would totally sign up for that Secret Santa you got going, bad sadly, there's nothing crazy here in London, and I was mega suprised by that cinemar you mentioned, one that plays old, good movies? Woah, never heard of that before.
As for the Christmas thing... I think it would be enough money to pay for your zombie movie man, you and the rest of the I-Mock guys are so great at entertainment here, I'd totally love to see your stuff on the big screen! Or at least my small, crappy screen via a straight-to-DVD release.
Colewolf (Guest) on 12/23/2007 2:07 am
If I could only pick one gift it would be the complete series of Brisco County Jr. Twenty-six hours of Bruce Campbell goodness!
Kryten Syxx (Guest) on 12/23/2007 11:41 am
Rog, you ... you mean no one would spend $20k on a totally useless item just to fulfill another person's lame Christmas wish? I am crushed, sir.
Adam (Guest) on 12/23/2007 8:10 pm
They still advertise Jack in the Box in RI, despite it not being here.
shannon (Guest) on 12/24/2007 2:46 am
woohoo i got name checked!
Silent Night, Deadly Night = best holiday movie EVER!
soundsurfer (Guest) on 12/24/2007 5:38 am
haha, a christmas pickle??? you are right, here in Germany we have NEVER EVER heard of such a hilarity
Tim (Guest) on 12/24/2007 7:58 am
My Christmas wish is far too practical and not so much of a toy. What I really want is an indoor booster antenna for my wireless internet card.
By the way, I am impressed how quickly you managed to slap together your first rap track. Loved the album cover, it reminded me of my days back when I worked at the record store in the more gang infested part of town. :P
Comment by (Guest) on 12/24/2007 9:07 am
Made me actually spit out my drink with pure hilarity at the bling bling.
RoG is down with the kids!?!?
Andrew @ AVERSIONLINE (Guest) on 12/24/2007 9:52 am
Damn, man, Zack Ward looks like a hardass, too. Good stuff.
Jeff The Ninja (Guest) on 12/24/2007 3:19 pm
Weird, Last Christmas, i played Scut Farkas in my High School's production of A christmas Story.
I even broke some dudes nose open while performing for a whole theatre full of 5 year olds. It was a horrible accident and the guy didnt know he was bleeding until someone told him, and the kids thought it was part of the show. So it wasnt that bad. And at least it wasnt a bit part like "Schoolchild #7" so i got that going for me.
Guest (Guest) on 01/02/2008 11:23 am
My family has done the pickle tradition for years now. Considering all the grandchildren are adults now, we recieve chocolate rather than an extra gift :)
The Gourmez (Guest) on 01/06/2008 12:37 am
Wow, I never knew there were Jack-In-The-Boxes in NC. I'm from Cali and have been sad the past four years I've gone without them! Though, you don't run into them everywhere--according to the store locater they are mainly in Charlotte. Alisa, I take it you're in Charlotte? Too far from the Triangle. *sniffle*
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