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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Year's Traditions

What's It Wednesday #197
Hello All!
I hope you had a happy and blessed Christmas and are ready to turn the page towards 2016. To make sure you have a most prosperous New Year here are a few tips to get you started.

First make sure your home is clean from top to bottom, it symbolizes the ridding of evil spirits and a fresh start to the New Year. My mother always swept and mopped the whole house and threw the water out the front door cleaning out the old year. She always bought a new broom to start the year, "Nothing sweeps clean like a new broom!"

 Now comes the most important part, the food. Pork is the meat of choice. Why? Pigs root forward, signifying progress, unlike chickens or turkeys which scratch backward. I usually serve ham.

For sides, you must serve greens (they represent money) and black-eyed peas (or Hoppin' John) for good luck. My mom always put a dime in for extra luck for the person who found it. (No, no one even swallowed it!) You should eat 365 peas, one for good luck each day of the New Year.

 End the meal with something sweet, for a sweet new year. Mama always made a fresh coconut cake, yum!

Make sure your decor shines with pops of silver and gold they represent fortune and wealth

or red for luck in love.

While the champagne chills, (very auspicious for toasting the New Year) dress in your “new” (very important) finery, even down to underwear which should be yellow (like gold) for prosperity in your personal finances or red if you want to find a soulmate or have an amorous year. Be sure to carry a stash of money in your person to ensure economic success.

As the clock approaches midnight, be sure to have your grapes ready. Twelve exactly for each stroke of the clock representing good fortune each month of the new year, (add one more for extra luck) but remember, they must be eaten by the last chime!

Then, the kiss. Be careful, it’s the one you’ll spend the new year with! Followed by the singing of Auld Lang Syne, clinking flutes of champagne and toasts for the New Year almost drowned out by the shouts, noise makers, car horns, and fireworks (all to drive away the evil spirits!)

The 1st day of the New Year is symptomatic of the next 364. People try to spend it in the best possible way, in the company of friends and family. But, if the doorbell rings and your first visitor is a tall dark-haired man, welcome him in. It’s another good luck omen!

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Sarah said...

You have it all covered for bringing in the New Year. Cute post!
Happy New Year to you!

kandice kullmann said...

thank you for hosting!! Happy New Year!

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Wow, that's a lot of traditions to keep up with! Very interesting and fun to read! Thanks for hosting this wonderful party throughout the year! Happy New Year!

Ruth W said...

The English call the 1st man the First Footer...and he has to be dark to bring good luck! Thanks for hosting, and a very Happy New Year!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Lots of fun traditions...I particularly like to have black eyed peas! Thanks for hosting the party!

Jill Harrison said...

I love the sound of your New Year traditions. It is mid summer here so I think we will be going to the beach! Wishing you wonderful things in 2016 and thanks for hosting.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

What a gorgeous coconut cake, and what beautiful traditions, some I never knew. What a dear sweet mom for teaching you. Blessing s for the New Year to you and your family. xoxo Su

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

I didn't know all of these New Year traditions exsisted! But I do have my black eyed peas on hand. They all sound very good and I enjoyed learning the meaning behind each one. Thanks for hosting and Happy New Year to you! Best ~ Mickie

Janet Garon said...

Yes ma'am, that's how to bring in the new year! Always pork with greens along with black eyed peas! We usually have cornbread with it as well. I haven't heard of the new broom but sounds like I need to go get one. Happy New Year!

KUNIs little white castle said...

Wow, i have never heard such traditional points. But it is very intersting. I think i should not wear a black slip as every year.

Linda said...

FUN post! lol I will heed some of your advice, for sure. :-)
Happy New Year!
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Shirley Wood said...

We always serve the traditional New Year's meal at home. This year we are breaking with tradition and dining with friends. She and I had fun sharing all those traditional food beliefs. Fun read! Thanks for hosting. Happy New Year!

Vesna said...

Wow, I`m so surprised that we have so much similar traditions! So great!!
Happy New Year and all the best to you and your family!
Vesna - Home Chic Club

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for hosting each week!!
Happy New Year!


Rita C. said...

What a great post! I never heard the explanation of many of these - love that analogy of the pork - but my mother always made cabbage with a quarter. :) Wishing you both a terrific new year, and thank you much for being such fine hosts!
Rita C at Panoply

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh I want that last picture at my front door, the man with flowers for me asking to join him in the new year of 2016 LOL

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Gee, I never knew all these things about new years eve! I am saving this and also sharing it with my son and daughter! Your Mom sounds like a wise woman! Wishing you a very happy and blessed new year and thank you for hosting your wonderful party all year!!!! XO, Pinky

Curtains in My Tree said...

I need to do what your MaMa did about cleaning out the old dirt by moping and sweeping the entire house.
I would love to start the new year 2016 off with all clean floors

We always have the black eyed peas also. My Grandmother always gave us all a can just in case we were to tired to cook the fresh ones.

No wonder you always have the best blog going your start the New Year off like your Mother taught you xoxo

Muscetta said...

Fun and interesting traditions. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful 2016. Tina

xinex said...

Beautiful post! Happy New Year!....Christine

Missy George said...

Sounds like the perfect start to a new year..The food looks delicious!!
Happy 2016

Ileana Carmen said...

Hello! Thank you so much for hosting us each week!Happy New Year 2016!

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Wonderful post, and as always, so informative! Thank you so much for the feature! Thank you for hosting, and wishing you and yours the very best for 2016!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Thanks so much for hosting such a wonderful party each week! Wishing you and yours a blessed and wonderful New Year!

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

Love all of your tips and traditions but don't think I can clean my house from top to bottom! I'm so tired that I don't even feel like taking down my Christmas decorations! But I will! Thanks so much for hosting - I've enjoyed your posts all year! Have a Great New Years!

Crochet Hooks said...

wow I had heard of some of those traditions but not why and hadn't heard of several but now I know and what a fun New Years we will have! Thanks for sharing those with us and thanks for the party!

My thrift store addiction said...

Thank you for the party & Happy New Year! Blessings, Cecilia

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

Thank you so much for hosting and sharing your New Year traditions. We share many of the same ones. We always have turnip greens and black-eyed peas with either ham or pork roast. I'm getting hungry just typing about it. Happy New Year! sb

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Well I have never heard of all of these traditions! How fascinating and fun to read. We will probably be lucky if we can stay awake past ten haha! Happy New Year!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Love your tradition especially the beautiful coconut cake! Sending happy new year wishes!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

WOW- I never knew any of those - how awesome.

Thanks for sharing - and for hosting.

May your new year be filled with the blessings of good health, love, laughter and peace.

Danice said...

Wow, great New Year's tips. I think the black eyed peas is a southern "thang". 'Did not know that about the ham (pork). The house cleaning tip, already started, lol. Happy new year to you and all of your family :)

carol@The Red Painted Cottage said...

I loved reading about your traditions. We'll be having pork and cabbage for New Years Day (Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage) and taking down our Christmas decorations. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Cathy Carroll said...

I loved your post - I never knew about all these wonderful traditions. Thanks for sharing and hosting.. Happy New Year. Cathy

Kimberly Lewis said...

Thank you for featuring us!

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh Patti love love your family traditions, I must run buy a new broom, as for most of these I could follow.

Also place a DOLLAR bill under the doormat before the stroke of twelve and leave it there until the morning hours this will bring in wealth and finances for the new year.

A very Happy New Year to you and Paula and your families.


mjmaterazo said...

i love all your new year's eve traditions! i might have to incorporate some of these into our family. happy new year! xo- maryjo

June said...

Such a great New Years post!!! Thank you so much for your lovely NY wish for me that you left on my blog Patti. I wish you the best the New Year has to offer!!!!! I love your mama's traditions...especially the coconut cake!
sending love from here...

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hello lovely ladies. I loved this post. So many sound reasons to make it a wonderful new year. Thank you for hosting this great party every week and I always enjoy joining and want to wish you both, along with your families, a Happy New Year..Judy

Deanies Stash said...

Thank you for all those traditions that you explained! I hadn't heard of a number of them. Thank you for hosting and wishing you and your family a very very Happy New Year!

xo Dianne

Linda Bouffard said...

Thanks for sharing memories from your Mom. Best wishes in the New Year. Your friend, Linda @Crafts a la mode

Dee said...

It's funny but, I never knew the reasons behind some of those traditions even though my mother made the same meal to bring in the new year.

Happy New Year to you and your family... :)

Theresa Begin said...

Happy New Year! Looks like you are more than ready! Thank you so much for your beautiful Party and for sharing with us, as well! Many Blessings to you, both, in 2016!
Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such sweet comment!!


Karren Haller said...

I love stopping by you always have beautiful features and I never tire of the links in the party.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!


Jann Olson said...

How fun are these New Years tips. The only one I did right was the kiss. :) I never forget the kiss!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Victorian1885 said...

Happy New Year! I look forward to following you again this year...


Alessandra said...

Lots of fun traditions! I wish you a Happy year rich of love, health and peace.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Happy New year! Lovely traditions for the New year. We did enjoy black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. Gotta have the champagne and the kiss.

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

Thank you for sharing your New Year's traditions at Vintage Charm. sb

Art and Sand said...

It's so funny that you shared about starting the year off with a new broom. I was just thinking as I swept the other day that we should start with a new one.

Happy New Year.

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