Family traditions on New Years Day

  1. happy new year [2003]!

    are there any family traditions you care to share that takes place each jan 1 in your family or your home?

    my great grandmother would not let anyone in the house until a male entered the door first. if no one showed up by a specific time, one of my male relatives had to come to the house.

    she also gave each person a dime. if we ate nothing esle, black-eyed peas were served.

    care to share?
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  3. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    Black eyed peas of course(for health) , as many green vegtables as possible(green means money in your home), red vegtables(for love) yellow vegtables(for harmony). The black eyed peas are slow cooked with a dime in the pot, ( honestly dont remember why?) maybe its the same reason your family member gives you a dime? If shoes are worn that day then money in your shoes, so your money troubles will always be below you and not above your head.No ill words are spoken about another person that day, because it will only curse them for the upcoming year, so if you speak only well wished words than you bless thier new year.The Christmas tree and all decorations have to be down by the end of the day , to release the past and allow the new year to begin fresh. My grandmother always said that if your tree was up at new years day it was bad luck throught the year . I guess I have always believed what my grandmother has taught me and it has stuck with me.
    Zoe
  4. by   renerian
    Wow that dime in the pot I have never heard of before. The penny in your new purse and shoes I have though. WE just will have lots of finger foods and football today. I think I am going to study today.

    renerian
  5. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by ITSJUSTMEZOE
    No ill words are spoken about another person that day, because it will only curse them for the upcoming year
    I wonder if that is possible here?
  6. by   semstr
    Don't leave your washings hanging in the newyears night!
    Told about the walzing somewhere else, and opening the windows to let the new year in.
    We always buy little, tiny "Glücksbringer" amulets of sorts, to give each other (you know little plastic pigs, chimneysweepers etc.)
    And we do the "lead-melting", and then everybody present can interpret what you just melted. That's a nice one too, but it can be dangerous when people are to drunk already! (but he, that starts with the Danube Walz of course!)

    Just now we ate a very nice, spicy Gulash with white bread. That's a typical meal on a day like this.
  7. by   kristi915
    Absoultly nothing??

    I must have a boring family...?
  8. by   NurseShell
    I had NO idea there were that many traditions tied to new years day!!! I learned something new!!!! YIPPEE!

    We just relax...spend time together, etc. Nothing exciting at all.....*sigh*....I guess we have a boring family too.

    I'm thinkin' I may put the christmas stuff away cuz I'm tired of looking at it.
  9. by   kristi915
    You still have christmas stuff up??? WOW!!...........well.........I still have clothes on my floor since I painted my room.......which was Thanksgiving week..........
  10. by   Mkue
    originally posted by love-a-nurse
    happy new year [2003]!

    are there any family traditions you care to share that takes place each jan 1 in your family or your home?

    my great grandmother would not let anyone in the house until a male entered the door first. if no one showed up by a specific time, one of my male relatives had to come to the house.

    she also gave each person a dime. if we ate nothing esle, black-eyed peas were served.

    care to share?
    i like those traditions
  11. by   Mkue
    Football, football let me see, football until Sunday I think..lol. ( I live with males).. I think Notre Dame is playing today, I like them.
  12. by   ptnurse
    My great grandmother also serves black-eyed peas on NY day. If you aren't at her house that day to eat them, she always asks if you ate them at home.
  13. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I had forgotten about the black eyes peas.... no traditions here, although we may have just started a new one at my moms..... made bacon wrapped water chestnuts... mmm, yummy!!!
  14. by   Gator,SN
    My family eats Pork and saurkraut (sp?) for money and good luck.

    I have never heard of any of the others that were posted. Maybe that why I have had bad luck in the past


    Gator

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