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.
First Footing: The first person to enter your home after the stroke of midnight will influence the year you’re about to have. Ideally, he should be dark-haired, tall, and good-looking, and it would be even better if he came bearing certain small gifts such as a lump of coal, a silver coin, a bit of bread, a sprig of evergreen, and some salt. Blonde and redhead first footers bring bad luck, and female first footers should be shooed away before they bring disaster down on the household.
Nothing Goes Out: Nothing — absolutely nothing, not even garbage — is to leave the house on the first day of the year. If you’ve presents to deliver on New Year’s Day, leave them in the car overnight. Don’t so much as shake out a rug or take the empties to the recycle bin.
Food: A tradition common to the southern states of the USA dictates that the eating of black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will attract both general good luck and financial good fortune in particular to the one doing the dining. Eating greens will bring in wealth. Pork because a pig roots forward while poultry scratches backwards and a cow stands still. Other “lucky” foods are lentil soup (because lentils supposedly look like coins).
Work: Make sure to do and be successful at something related to your work on the first day of the year, even if you don’t go near your place of employment that day. Limit your activity to a token amount, though, because to engage in a serious work project on that day is very unlucky.
No Laundry: Also, do not do the laundry on New Year’s Day, lest a member of the family be ‘washed away’ (die) in the upcoming months. The more cautious eschew even washing dishes.
New Clothes: Wear something new on January 1 to increase the likelihood of your receiving more new garments during the year to follow.
Money: Do not pay back loans or lend money or other precious items on New Year’s Day. To do so is to guarantee you’ll be paying out all year.
Breakage: Avoid breaking things on that first day lest wreckage be part of your year. Also, avoid crying on the first day of the year lest that activity set the tone for the next twelve months.
Letting the Old Year Out: At midnight, all the doors of a house must be opened to let the old year escape unimpeded. He must leave before the New Year can come in, says popular wisdom, so doors are flung open to assist him in finding his way out.
Loud Noise: Make as much noise as possible at midnight. You’re not just celebrating; you’re scaring away evil spirits, so do a darned good job of it!
Born on January 1: Babies born on this day will always have luck on their side.