New Year's Traditions

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  1. fratpack

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    So every New Year my family has several things we do for good luck in the coming year - part tradition, part superstition.
    For example we count all the money in the house for prosperity.
    We eat lentils, 12 green grapes and white fish for luck.
    Also black eyed peas are eaten for luck.
    Now a days these are done more out of tradition, than anything else. But waht the heck....makes planning the menu that much easier...LOL.
    How about you, do you have any special traditions, rituals to help bring in the New Year?
     
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    Black eyed peas for luck, collards for wealth. Totally superstitious, but they are delicious, so who's complaining?
     
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    Heh.... I drink. :)
     
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    Veuve Clicquot at midnight, married fun during the wee hours, sleep away the morning, watch football games in the afternoon.

    What can I say? I'm a simple creature.
     
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    Burn sage sticks and walk around the perimeter of the house

    Drink beer

    Drink some more

    Pass out
     
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    Black eyed peas, Greens, chitterlings, sweet potatoes, REAL Southern cooking....Also a man is supposed to go visit first , IF woman is the first to cross your threshold alleged bad luck. Sexist? Yes. What are you doing to do? LOL!
     
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    well one thing that gets done back home is the mason jar comes out and gets passed around, all the men had to have a drink, and if the women folk wanted a sip or two well that is ok but they don't have to, but it's a manditory thing for the men to do so, more tradional than anything, though I live in Illinois, I do have some white lightning here, and I will be getting that out, now that I have a webcam, and my aunt and uncle do as well, we will be able to watch each other with the jar, this is the first year that I will be able to view some of the kin on New Years over the computer, before, we would chat though our IM's, so I am looking forward to it this year, it's not the same as being down there in person, but maybe next year.
     
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    Hey thank everybody for sharing. I love knowing these sort of things.

    Hey by the way -

    Happy New Year to you All! :smile:
     
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    I cook black eyed peas and corn, over rice, as close as I can to how my Granny used to. I'm a 15th generation Floridian, but I didn't know until I had lived in Alaska a long time that it is traditional on new years (it's still a mystery to me why what people used to eat almost daily is special to a holiday) Lots of people here do, the stores get sold out of BEP's.

    My extended (in Florida) family clears and burns the years brush growth in the family cemetary on new years day, kind of a picnic.
     
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    Black eyed peas for luck.
     
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    My household subscribes to the blackeyed peas ritual.

    I plant a small tray of tomato seedlings in the greenhouse. Wishful thinking, hoping for an early spring.
     
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    I think that's a great ritual! New growth and all that...
     
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