Happy New Year

Tonight I’m staying in and cooking and drinking and watching some good movies.  It’s my own little tradition as I don’t like to be out on the roads with others who have been drinking.  I may do some cleaning in the evening and getting some things organized, what better night to do that on.

I’ll be making some honey mustard chicken wings, black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread.  All foods are for luck and wealth if eaten on New Year’s day, except for the chicken wings – those can be bad luck so I’ll eat them well before midnight.  I’ll also make an orange sherbet champagne punch.

Speaking of luck and superstitions, here are some I found interesting for New Years.  I’m so glad I kissed my boyfriend at the stroke of midnight in his timezone in Afghanistan.  Even though it was still a cyber kiss on instant messenger!  I will probably email him another one when it’s midnight here in Arizona.

Kissing at midnight:   We kiss those dearest to us at midnight not only to share a moment of celebration with our favorite people, but also to ensure those affections and ties will continue throughout the next twelve months. To fail to smooch our significant others at the stroke of twelve would be to set the stage for a year of coldness.

Stocking Up:   The new year must not be seen in with bare cupboards, lest that be the way of things for the year. Larders must be topped up and plenty of money must be placed in every wallet in the home to guarantee prosperity.

Paying Off Bills:   The new year should not be begun with the household in debt, so checks should be written and mailed off prior to January 1st. Likewise, personal debts should be settled before the New Year arrives.

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