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post #31 of 47
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Thank you for that educational information, Ann!

Karaoke with your children sounds like lots of fun! How wonderful that you found it and have begun a new tradition!

That's a great tradition, Diane! What a smart symbolism!

Sounds as if your traditions are similar to ours, Jan! I had never heard of
halushka.

Great idea to get your laundry done before midnight! I did the very same!

Lobster and steak, what a feast! You're smart to stay in tonight during this yucky weather.
post #32 of 47
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Originally Posted by stormy
When I was little we used to hurry and open the front and back door at midnight. So the new year could come in and the old one could go out.

I think that's about it, unless I'm forgetting something!
That's cute!
post #33 of 47
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Well, I enjoyed my 12 grapes at midnights, as well as had my coins lined up on the windowsill, I've eaten my greens and black eyed peas, my house is (somewhat) tidy, no doing laundry today, and the wind blew into my face. This should be the best year ever!
post #34 of 47
Nothing special here. Just a relaxing day for all of us.

I was going to do laundry but won't take the risk now.
post #35 of 47
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Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
Well, I enjoyed my 12 grapes at midnights, as well as had my coins lined up on the windowsill, I've eaten my greens and black eyed peas, my house is (somewhat) tidy, no doing laundry today, and the wind blew into my face. This should be the best year ever!

I did none of these things
post #36 of 47
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Originally Posted by huggles
here the tradition is to get drunk

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Originally Posted by captiva
Oh my... you Aussies....
you have to admit you didnt expect any less of me did you?
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Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
Dan, we should have come to celebrate with you this year!
never to late
post #37 of 47
I put the coins on my windowsill too...am I supposed to leave them there until tomorrow? I'm the one who posted the idea but I never heard of it before so I don't know...? I forgot to see how the wind was blowing this morning... But I'm holding off on laundry!
post #38 of 47
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Originally Posted by Beach Bum
I'm somewhat surprised to see black-eyed peas are also a New Year's tradition with a couple of you Yankees. I had reckoned that this tradition was largely confined to the southern US. The tale in Jim's southern family (I am a Yankee, myself) is that this tradition originated in the Confederacy during the latter days of our Civil War.

When General Sherman and his Yankee troops were marching through the South, burning all they encountered, and living off the land (which translates as confiscating the residents' foodstuffs), they encountered these little brown peas with black eyes, and, not knowing what they were, as well as appearing unappetizing, they left them untouched. Many southern families living in the devastated areas through which the Yankees marched avoided starvation and owed their lives to their being able to live off black-eyed peas for months at a time, and thereafter on the first of each year they paid homage to the little black-eyed pea.

Or so they say....
That makes sense, Ann, although I have to admit that I can't recall ever eating, or even seeing, black-eyed peas (another Yankee here). I imagine the idea of pigs being lucky, which dates back to the Middle Ages, arose in much the same way. Those who had a pig to slaughter didn't starve. Pretzels supposedly represent a person praying (think of the position your arms and hands are in when you pray), so I suppose that's how the tradition of New Year's pretzels arose. Soft pretzels are a mainstay here, but are eaten with butter, if anything, not mustard (I still gross people out here when I put mustard on them), but the New Year's ones are much bigger and softer than the usual ones.
post #39 of 47
We usually get A LOT of food and party with my whole family.
post #40 of 47
Drinking and partying is the norm on this side of the world!
post #41 of 47
Does listening to the Black Eyed Peas count? Cuz I did that today! Also, are we allowed to FOLD laundry today? I've never itched to do laundry so bad because today I can't!
post #42 of 47
I believe my mom and dad always have pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day for good luck! My grandmother always did the same.
post #43 of 47
My next door neighbor has a very interesting tradition, which he says is common among African-Americans like himself. After midnight on New Year's Eve, no one in the family may leave the house and come back in until a man who does not live there has come in and walked through every room in the house. This is supposed to bring luck thru the new year. He has asked me to walk thru his house on New Year's Day many times, and I'm glad to help any way I can.
My ex-wife's family did the blackeyed peas thing. Only time I've ever seen that.
post #44 of 47
I forgot, a lot of beautiful fireworks too.
post #45 of 47
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Originally Posted by sandra
In Illinois and here in Arizona... Some people are members of the "Polar bear club" and they jump in a lake full of cold water with just bathing suits on on NY day.
They have that in Ohio too. I watched them on the news tonight.
post #46 of 47
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Originally Posted by jdpesz
My next door neighbor has a very interesting tradition, which he says is common among African-Americans like himself. After midnight on New Year's Eve, no one in the family may leave the house and come back in until a man who does not live there has come in and walked through every room in the house. This is supposed to bring luck thru the new year. He has asked me to walk thru his house on New Year's Day many times, and I'm glad to help any way I can.
My ex-wife's family did the blackeyed peas thing. Only time I've ever seen that.

An Irish version of that is that everyone has to leave the house and no one can go back in until a dark haired man has walked through the house. Was difficult when it was just me and Midnight living in an apartment, I'd go outside holding him and toss him back inside! I often wondered if it counted, since he'd been neutered...
post #47 of 47
OMG that is hilarious!!! I think it counted, you've had good luck, right?
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