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As an adult, we have celebrated by having friends over; making a big bon fire, potluck, fire works, music and games. For several years we traveled with a band, so New Year's Eve was a big deal. We would be somewhere for a concert and "rock" in the New Year. That meant we would eat at Waffle House or Ihop because they were the only places open at 3 a.m. when we were driving home.
Traditions for celebrating New Year's Eve are as wide as the ocean is deep. In Georgia they watch the 'peach' drop, in our NC capital we watch the "acorn" drop but most watch ABC and the "ball" drop in Time Square, New York City. THOUSANDS of people crowd the streets and wait for the ball.
For many NYE means religious observations such as prayer service or watch night. Church members gather to worship and pray in the new year.
However, most everyone, at least in the South, has the same tradition on New Year's Day. That is cooking collards, black eye peas and ham hocks. The reason, it has been passed down from generation to generation, as a sign of good luck and prosperity. The 'superstitions' are at Mid-night on New Years Eve we kiss a loved one to keep away the cold, sing Auld Lang Syne goodbye to the old welcome in the new. The next day it is said that whatever you do will direct the events of the new year. We don't work, spend time with loved ones, rest, no cleaning but we MUST cook collards and black eye peas to bring in prosperity.
My mother, grandmother, great grandmother have all done this EVERY year. Looks like they would figure out it doesn't work as I grew up LESS than prosperous. They swore each year, we had to cook these items. Funny thing is, we don't even eat black eye peas but my mom would cook them anyway. I have broken this family tradition/superstition. We don't like them, I don't cook them.
Whatever your traditions or celebrations may contain, may they be safe, fun and make memories for a lifetime!
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