Every year our boys look forward to hanging the German Pickle. My sister Sharon sent it to us when Lincoln was a baby, and it is one of our favorite ornaments. The tradition is that the pickle gets hidden deep in the tree on Christmas Eve, and the child that finds it, gets a special "extra" gift. Now, I always make the extra gift one they would all share... a game, a movie, etc. or let's face it... the wild boys would be wrestling the tree to the ground to try and get to that pickle first.
So, again, even if you are not German, you too can hide the Pickle amongst your boughs. O Tannenbaum!