New Year's Blog Hop

Happy 2013, everyone! I hope you all had a safe and wonderful New Year’s Eve, including celebrating with whatever traditions you might have.

We had a lot of New Year’s traditions when I grew up, most of them handled by my grandmother. On New Year’s Day, she’d put on a pot of collard greens and black-eyed peas to boil all day, which meant the entire house reeked by the afternoon (if you’ve never smelled boiling greens, count yourself lucky). The collard greens stood for paper money and the black-eyed peas for coins, and were eaten to ensure wealth in the coming year. Although I never ate them, because no way was I putting something that smelled so bad in my mouth!

The one tradition I have continued, is taking down the Christmas tree before midnight on New Year’s Eve. According to superstition, if you don’t take it down by then, all of the bad luck from the previous year will come into the new year on the tree. When I was really young, before we had to worry about things like town ordinances, we’d go out and burn the tree on New Year’s Eve, just to make sure all the bad luck was destroyed.

What New Year’s traditions do you have? Let me know in the comments, and be entered to win a random drawing for a $5 Amazon Gift Certificate! Please note: you must include an email address so I’ll have some way to contact you.

But that’s not all….

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Update: Congrats to SheriV, whose comment was chosen by random.org as the winner of my giveaway!


Comments

New Year’s Blog Hop — 106 Comments

  1. On New Year’s Day, we have black-eyed peas with ham and something green that isn’t smelly. It’s the color that counts, right? This year we’ll use green beans beings my SIL planted so many that we ended up with 50 pounds in the freezer. Best to you in 2013!

    wldrnsqltr at rockclimbingjewelry.com

  2. Nothing special, just a dinner with my family.
    Thanks for the giveaway! And Happy New Year!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  3. Usually stay home New Year’s Eve and watch Harry Potter with the kids. It is usually only my middle kid and me that last until midnight though! Thanks for being a part of the hop and I hope you have a great New Year!
    holly.collins1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. We don’t have any traditions, but as a kid my grandma would make sauerkraut – and that is another thing that reeks! LOL

    Happy New Year
    staceyprice(at)gmail(dot)com

    • My husband’s mom always made sauerkraut on New Year’s as well, and he hated the smell.

  5. My only tradition is to spend it with family.

    awesome blog hop

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  6. I think your tree tradition is interesting – we always leave ours up until January 6th because that is my Dad’s birthday. jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  7. I’m not celebrating any traditions this year like I have in the past. This year I’m changing my usual tradition and am not cooking the big meal or even gathering with family members. I did that on Thanksgiving and Christmas and was very thankful for that but this year because the kids are grown with their own little families living in different parts of the states, Hubby and I are not cooking the big meal, no we are going to have snack day, or should I say fend for yourself day – LOL I’m gonna cook pig in the blankets, cheese dip, and BBQ Chicken Wings so we can snack when we feel like it. Of course we will continue the tradition of watching football. LOL

    Happy New Years!
    mrsqueentutt@gmail.com

  8. no traditions or resolutions. A man I used to work for had pork and skraut. An old neighbor said she liked Black Eyed Peas, to which i replied. I LOVE THEM> Fergie has a great voice. She just looked at me like I was nuts (generation gap). lol

  9. I don’t make any resolutions anymore. Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  10. Our traditional food for New Years Day is a pork pie (ground pork and potatotes in a pie crust). I think it’s a French Canadian thing originally. It became a family tradition because an old friend of my Grandmother used to give us one every year to make sure we had good luck in the year to come.

    Our tradition about Christmas trees is to put the tree up as close to Christmas Eve as is practical, and keep it up through Little Christmas (January 6). The 12 days of Christmas popular in song actually start with Christmas Day, so we’re in the middle of them today.

    kathryn.scannell@gmail.com

  11. My family always has a pork roast with both cabbage and sauerkraut. We don’t do the black eyed peas thing. We tried that one year, but everyone thought they tasted like dirt, so now we skip it. We also watch the Rose Parade every year.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  12. Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year. Just watched the ball drop and countdown. For this year I need to find a job since graduating college this Spring. so yup.

    kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

  13. We have no major traditions… just family time… which honestly I am ready for some quiet time.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mrs.hildebrand AT gmail DOT com

  14. A quiet evening spent with hubby and a bubbly, watching the year come in!!!

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot

  15. We are the go-to family for the neighborhood children. We always have a gaggle. It keeps them occupied and I know where my kids are so it’s all good.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  16. we normally go out but this year we stayed home… sick house hold and we had couple glasses of wine, cleaned house and went to bed.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and Happy New Year

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

  17. My son decided to start a new tradition this year and help me bake a cake for the world since it is apparently the world’s birthday. LOL

    Michel_Lee_King(at)yahoo(dot)com

  18. We just have dinner of Pork and Sauerkraut , then relax the rest of the day. My boys are playing Xbox while I am on the pc.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. We don’t typically have any New Years traditions.. other than taking down the Christmas decorations 🙂 We’re not big on going out and battling with traffic & tipsy drivers.

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    readsalot81(@)hotmail(dot)com

  20. The superstition in my family is lentils. Like the blackeyed pea, they’re supposed to bring in wealth. I don’t pay attention to superstition, so I don’t have any traditions for the new year. I never heard the tree one though. And I thought I heard them all. 🙂

  21. My resolution is just to be a better person and to always try and help when there is someone in need. Happy New Year and thank you for sharing a piece of your heart and soul in each of your books in 2013!

    angelheart618@gmail.com

  22. We just take it easy 🙂 It gets very hectic outside so a nice day inside is great.

    Thanks for the chance! I hope this year to read a lot more 🙂

    Have a great year!

  23. New Years we veg in front of the tv, watching movies all day. Just me & my Man 😀
    Eating what ever is in the fridge.
    Happy New Year
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  24. One of the traditions we used to follow is to open all the doors and cabinets to let the good luck of the new year in and the bad luck of last year out.

    Happy new year 🙂
    bedsidelight
    ATgmailDOTcom

  25. Happy New Year!

    The only new years tradition I have is taking down my christmas tree. I love christmas but I also love having my living room back.

    ~*Drea*~
    dreabecraft(@)aol.com

  26. Happy New Year! I’ve never heard of the tree tradition–I like that idea just for getting the house back to normal–something I need to do! 😉

  27. Usually we just eat a ton of food and watch football on new year’s

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  28. We used to have traditional regional New Years meals -this year we made our own hedonism

    cristinegasser (at) gmail (dot) com

  29. OMG-I made my mother swear before she moved in with us if she cooked greens I had the right to kick her out!!!
    It’s bad enough her and my MIL are best buddies!!!
    we really don’t have a tradition…mom used to do greens and black eyed peas when we were kids…yuck!

    beejee77 at gmail dot com

  30. My son was born on New Year’s Eve morning (5:38 AM) – he is 29 now – yikes – LOL – so it’s always a festive time for us – if Joseph doesn’t get together with friends at Mummers Row, we are downtown to watch the Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day.

    Felicia
    mrschopchop@verizon.net

  31. Quiet night with boyfriend and family, no traditions for me!
    movie1997 at live dot it

  32. I like to watch the ball drop, kiss my boyfriend, then go to sleep! 🙂 Thanks!
    katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  33. it’s pork & sauerkraut on new years for luck in our family (don’t ask me the meaning behind it, I haven’t a clue). even though I’ve never learned to like sauerkraut I still fix it every year & have a few bites (no sense taking chances) then send the rest home w/ a friend who does like it 🙂 Hope you 2013 is a happy one.
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

  34. After midnight we have a special meal that represents good luck (black-eyes peas, sauerkraut and ham hocks) so it being the first meal of the new year means that the whole year will be full of good luck.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    redfirewood888(AT)yahoo(DOT)ca

    Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

  35. My tradition is board games and attempting to stay up to midnight.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  36. My family always did black eyed peas and cabbage, supposedly to ensure health and wealth in the coming year.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  37. Hi! Happy New Years! I spent the day with my family. We watched movies, put together a puzzle and toaster in the new year. Thanks for the awesome hop and all the giveaways! This is so fun! I love these hops! I always meet new authors, reconnect with old ones and my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds! Thank you!! Have a great day! Best wishes and many blessings to you!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  38. We stay home new year’s eve and watch the celebrations on TV.

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

  39. Have dinner with my family and if possible attend theme party or masquerade ball in the evening!
    Thanks!

    dita(dot)skarste(at)gmail(dot)com

  40. My dad usually has black-eyed peas on new years day, but they are from a can. Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Krista
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

  41. We take our tree down on New Years Day. Only “tradition” we have. Happy New Year!

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  42. I am from the South, so we also have Black Eyed Pea’s and Ham Hocks on New Years Day.
    gatormaryd(at)yahoo(dot)com

  43. Wow! Came here to comment about Widdershins and found a contest. Not bad! Just finished reading it (again) and have really enjoyed it. Like it even better than Hainted! Can’t wait for Hunter of Demons. As always, love your work.

    cyn.s.wood (at) gmail (dot) com

  44. Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
    Best Wishes in 2013
    uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  45. Usually stay home New Year’s Eve and watch the parade New Year’s Day.
    bones_mcp(at)yahoo(dot)com

  46. It’s tradition for my family to have a midnight meal of appetizers on New Year’s Eve, then have lamb on New Year’s Day

    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

  47. Oh dear…I always heard you have to leave your tree up until after new years so that the spirit of Christmas would follow into the new year,lol….We usually watch movies and toast the new year with sparkling cider. On new years day its about playing games, resting a nd a good meal but of nothing in particular. Hope this year is full of warm memories, laughter , wisdom and love for both of us,’peach_hugs@yahoo.com

  48. My tradition is to watch fireworks on New Year’s eve.

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  49. Watching tv all day and staying up to watch the fireworks at midnight!
    Happy New Year to you!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  50. happy new years i hope to travel this year thanks for giveaway angel0319at hotmail.com

  51. Me, my husband, a bottle of champagne and appetizers/snacks. Fruit/veggie plate, taco dip, seafood salad..all staples. Sometimes the in-laws come over and play board games, but usually it’s the two of us.

    dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

  52. I like a very quiet New Year’s Eve curled up with a good book. Thanks for being part of this blog hop. Happy New Year!!

    rmwyer at shaw dot ca

  53. no traditions anymore, just another day thanks for the giveaway! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  54. Staying home with my family.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  55. we have people over to eat but nothing else we do take the tree down that day as well
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  56. My normal tradition is nothing other than eating black eyed peas for New Years. However, this year for the very first time, I didn’t. I don’t know what’s to become of my non-pea eating self. We’ll see!
    Happy New Year! I thank you for being a part of the hop!
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  57. I don’t do anything for new years eve or day stay home! Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  58. No particular new years traditions. Thanks for the giveaway.

    amnell(dot)khalan(at)gmail(dot)com

  59. Black eyed peas, brocolli and cheese are two things we always have except we change the green thing out occasionally.
    Hope you have a happy new year.
    sccrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  60. We cook black eyed peas. 🙂 Thanks for the chance and happy 2013! girlfloyd at gmail (dot)(com)

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