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.
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