New Year's Traditions- What Are Yours?

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New Year’s Traditions- What Are Yours?

As 2013 approaches, many of us are winding down and recovering from our2013
holidays, family trips, shopping, eating, and many other fun activities.  But, don’t sit down yet.....

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and we’re about to welcome in 2013!  

I love to learn about different customs and traditions so I thought I’d look into a few involving New Year’s Eve and Day.  

In parts of Scotland  First Footing is celebrated.  To ensure good luck for the coming year, a dark haired person should be the first foot to cross the threshold and this dark haired person should be carrying coal(the house will always be warm), bread( there will be enough to eat), money  and something green (long life).

In Ecuador, men dress in women’s clothing representing the widow of the year that’s passed.   At midnight in Japan, Buddhist temples strike their gongs “108 times to expel the 108 types of human weaknesses.”

2013 questionIn Spain, you eat 12 grapes at midnight to bring 12 months of good luck.   

And of course in the U. S. any excuse for a party is all you need and New York is party central.  This year the lowering of the 1000+ pound Waterford crystal ball will be a little sadder with the passing this year of Mr. New Year’s Eve.. Dick Clark. First Night in Delray Beach is a tradition as it is in other communities.

And there are regional and familial traditions that are followed.  Being from the south, I have had black-eyed peas every New Year’s day my entire life.  My very good friends always have pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day as well as herring in sour cream.  

Whatever your plans, I hope you have a very safe and Happy New Year’s Eve and that all your traditions, customs, and good luck practices will mean a healthy, prosperous, and glorious 2013.  

Would love to know what your New Year’s plans are

as well as any good luck superstitions you follow.


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Bobbie Smith
Stroudsburg, PA

Kathy, It will be a bit somber this year without Dick Clark. We shall miss him terribly.  Happy New Year to you!

Dec 29, 2012 01:01 AM #15
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

This year is going to be a quiet one at home. I hope my son has something fun to do...but if not, then we will watch movies and just relax at home.

Dec 29, 2012 01:20 AM #16
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Very interesting post-love the info about Scotland-and I have been in Spain on New Year's Eve and yes, 12 grapes are always on the table.  My tradition, stay home and break bread with friends, drink a little champagne and play scrabble-the best New Year's Eve.

Dec 29, 2012 01:40 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kristin- don't blame you.. not crazy about liver.

Lanise- in Houston, where I was born, if you didn't get your black-eyed peas early, you might not get any at all. 

Debbie- oh dear... I wish I could.  When we stop to get Dunkin'Donuts coffee, I make my husband go in because if I did, I'd walk out with those donut holes. 

Valerie- Same here.... I'd rather have my champagne and whatever dessert is being served. 

Gene- I love the fact that you and your friends have been getting together for 28 years!!!  Actually, we used to go out on NY's Eve with our friend of over 25 years and make a big night of it.   There would be about 20+ and we'd eat at our fave Italian restaurant.  As we got older, though, no one has any interest in eating late and trying to drive home. 

Bobbie- He was such a fixture. But I do love watching all of the activities. 

Karen-We did that one year in Houston... we took out a friend's wife and her daughters (her hubby was hunting), then we came home and watchd Free Willy!!

Joanna- It got harder and harder for us to try to play late at night, then be able to watch football and celebrate on New Year's day  as well.

Dec 29, 2012 04:00 AM #18
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Kathy ...Great question ...I haven't decided yet, but now you have me thinking!


Dec 29, 2012 05:11 AM #19
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
Kathy ~> Wonderful traditions! Eat plenty of greens to bring the almighty green backs your way. Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Be Thankful!
Dec 29, 2012 05:40 AM #20
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Kathy, since we're a blended family, we have black eyed peas with our port and sauerkraut!

 I just stopped by to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

Dec 29, 2012 06:58 AM #21
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

We don't do parties anymore Kathy; stay home and have lobster and ring it in quietly.  Thanks for the interesting tidbits about other traditions.

Dec 29, 2012 08:03 AM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Rob- you can choose from pork & kraut, champagne, lobster, crab legs or black eyed peas!

Frank & Karen- I'm having Pork & kraut as well as black eyed peas.

Connie- and a big Happy New Year to you!

Toni- Florida or Maine?

Dec 29, 2012 08:30 AM #23
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

We don't really have any traditions....pretty much watch TV and wait for midnight for the New Year's kiss.  I always get emotional during the final count down....should be even more emotional this year, I forgot Dick Clark died.  My parents will be with us this year.  We will probably play cards or dominos to keep awake until midnight.

Dec 29, 2012 08:35 AM #24
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

Black eyed peas and hamhocks is my thing too.  Just a true southern tradition.

Dec 29, 2012 08:56 AM #25
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- I remember when we used to go out with all of our friends we wouldn't eat until after 9.  Wouldn't think of it now. 

Kevin- oh-h-h- I forgot the hamhocks.  I may also have to make some red beans and rice... now that's yummy. 

Dec 29, 2012 09:20 AM #26
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Kathy, we used to always go out for dinner and dancing in style... the last few years it's only been dinner and watching fire works from home. We also have our Blackeyed Peas!
Dec 29, 2012 09:50 AM #27
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Keeping it safe & quiet this year although there will be some champagne thrown in for good measure.

Dec 29, 2012 11:10 AM #28
Christina Sanchez Hood
Palo Alto, CA
#SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living

Kathy, I love that you posed the question and also shared traditions from around the world.  We are spending the night with my 14 year old niece and 12 year old nephew, and their grandmother (my mom).  We are having a party, only they are planning it.  Lots of fun times for family :)

Dec 29, 2012 11:36 AM #29
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Kathy-The black-eyed peas is the only tradition I can think of for our family. I've heard of greens too, but it was not something we did.

Dec 29, 2012 11:39 AM #30
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I plan to be in bed by 10 with a full stomach and an adult beverage in my system.  About the dark haired person you'll be hard pressed to find one in my family beside what does it say about someone without any hair? 

Dec 29, 2012 08:18 PM #31
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

In my youth, I had a party at my house every year at New Year.  Now I stay home and don't want to get on the roads with some of the nuts that will be out there.

Dec 29, 2012 08:57 PM #32
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker


In Brazil, people eat grapes and jumped waves at midnight. I have lived in the US for almost 20 years now but I don't do that here...

Dec 30, 2012 02:25 AM #33
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Silvia- just made sure I had black-eyed peas today..they're ready to be cooked on Tuesday.

Kevin- got to have the champagne!  Lots of good football as well.

Christina- that sounds like fun!  I've been tempted to go to First Night here in Delray but we're heading to a small party very near the house. 

Wayne- I've heard of greens as well but the only time I tried it, it was awful. (my cooking of them, not the greens.)

James- I'll have to look that one up.  I refuse to go to bed before midnight on New Year's Eve.  Never have!  That doesn't mean I might not take a short nap before that. 

Gabe- exactly!  We used to go up to Palm Beach to Charley's Crab or down to Ft Lauderdale but now the thought of being out on the roads just doesn't appeal to me. 

Patty- but you could jump waves here!!!!  


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