Bolden New Year's Traditions and Superstitions: No cleaning, do what you want to do for the year, food, etc

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Summary: Picked up a few New Year's traditions from my family, have added a few of my own. How about you?

BLOT: (01 Jan 2015 - 08:16:51 AM)

Bolden New Year's Traditions and Superstitions: No cleaning, do what you want to do for the year, food, etc

Growing up down in Lower Alabama, my parents' house had only three New Year's superstitions which I remember well: you had to eat black-eyed peas, cabbage, and hog-jaw; you didn't sweep; you didn't do laundry. The food one is a big one in the South. I imagine more black-eyed peas are eaten on New Year's than any other day in the year. And, though it has been watered down in most places to only be black-eyed peas [maybe with a penny cooked in for pecuniary-luck], where I come from it is a whole meal: peas, greens, and hog. The cleaning one seemed a little non-precise. Laundry was out. Sweeping was out. Washing dishes was ok. Wiping down things was ok.

Since moving out, I have worked out a few variations on my own. Peas and greens I keep, but since I don't do pork I try and work in at least one other rich-dish. Sarah and I eschew cleaning of any form: no dishes, no laundry, no vacuuming, no sweeping, no wiping-down. We make perhaps the biggest deal about do-as-you-want-to-do-for-the-rest-of-the-year. We try to do a little bit of everything we want to do for the rest of the year. You eat good food. You rest up. You read books. You watch fun movies. You chat with loved ones. You make love. You go for walks. You play with pets. You imbue the year with good vibes. Oh, and we try and kiss at midnight. And by try, I mean no matter where I am Sarah will find me and wrestle at least one kiss out of me.

That is about it for our household, but I thought it was fun to look up other New Year's traditions/superstitions (via and see which ones we skip. How about you? Which ones do you do or avoid?

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You might notice I am blogging, again, after a month-plus absence. That's on purpose. I needed a break, for reasons that will show up in about three posts down the road, but am ready to get back into it. Happy 2015, everyone.

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