Just wondering if any of you guys have any New Year's Day traditions. Food you always make or eat? Bowl games you always watch? People you always see? Things you always do? Anything.

Almost every year, my Dad would make our favorite meal - sauerkraut and pork, mashed potatoes, and homemade apple sauce. It's a German tradition. I'm planning to make it tomorrow and have made it in the past - however, it's never as good as his.

People around these here parts (on Maryland's Eastern Shore) eat black eyed peas on New Year's Day - not sure why. Actually, I think it's a southern tradition - if any real people from the south want to weigh in, please do. I'm not a big fan of them - I'll stick to the 'kraut!

Happy New Year, gents!

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My New Year's Day tradition is to eat red beans and rice for good luck all year long. I change it up each year with what I put in it for meat ... crayfish, chicken, shrimp, andouille sausage.
Yeah me too ... month-end, quarter-end, year-end !!!! All hands on deck, this is one of the busiest times of the year for us.
I'm making black eyed peas, as a matter of fact. It's a southern thing, dating back I believe to the Civil War. "Field Peas" were mostly considered crop for feeding animals, and was basically the only thing left after Union troops passed through.

I make them, though, because I like them. :)
I go down to the local watering hole. The Lamp Liter Inn. Cheap beer and good friends.
Yeah, we had a 'good riddance' party one year too, Topher - forget which year (could have been 2001).

We didn't go out New Year's Eve either - I agree with you about 'amateur night.' The gf and I just stayed in and watched a movie - we didn't even stay up until midnight (too tired from working). But we did manage to make the sauerkraut - we went with Kielbasa instead of pork roast. We got up too late to do the latter - it really needs to cook for 8 hours.

It was nice just being with my gf for almost three whole days. She has a crazy schedule (teenage daughter - hectic job - etc.), so it's rare that we get to spend so much time together. Good way to start off the New Year, however!
I can't remember the symbolic representations of the foods but in the south it is
1. balck eyed peas
2. fat back or bacon
3. greens (mustard,collard,turnip) doesn't matter. I'm pretty sure this one was for wealth
4.corn bread
Thanks for the info, Ray - that's really interesting. Too bad it hasn't worked for you. I don't know why people eat sauerkraut on New Year's, but I'm glad they do. I could eat it once a week!
It's not a tradition just yet. We let the kids stay up to watch the NY "ball drop". Toast in the New Year with noisemakers and sparkling cider.
There's a couple of nice traditions in Scotland I like. Being in Dublin, I didn't get to participate.

These days, First Footing tends to mean you go round and visit all your neighbours for a quick drink. Especially fun in apartment blocks.
Somehow, someone in my house gets hurt each year. One year a cut hand, next year a burn, sprained ankles, broken toes.

this year, the dog went out and cut her foot on something in the back yard, there is plenty of snow, so I tracked the blood (and paw prints) around and never found anything that should have cut her foot.

I would really like to get rid of that tradition.

I take my wife Roxie and our 4 kids (Windchime, Pip, Exeter, and Roxie jr.) to the beach and see if they float weighted down with rocks like witches. If they float, we go home for another year.


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