I never really thought too much about New Year's Eve or New Year's Day customs. In our family it is customary to gather at a relative's house to play games, eat, stay up until midnight, go outside, honk car horns, scream "Happy New Year!" at the top of our lungs, gather up the kids, go home and crawl into bed. New Year's Day is always a day of rest for out family and our meals consist of fixing something quick and easy or getting take out food from the local fast food restaurant.
As I was browsing the Web a few days ago, I wandered into a Web site about New Year's customs and superstitions.
Wow! I did not realize that there is a list of varied and strange things one must do before New Year's Day, on New Year's Eve, and on New Year's Day just to ensure that you have a safe, happy, lucky, and prosperous New Year.
Must Do Before New Year's Eve
Stock up your cupboards with plenty of food, ensure that every wallet in your home is filled with plenty of money, and pay off all your household bills so you start the New Year with no debts. After buying groceries to fill all your cupboard space and paying all your bills, you may need to go to the bank and take out a loan so you can fill those wallets, but by filling your cupboards, stuffing your wallets with money and paying of bills you are guaranteed prosperity throughout the coming year.
In my house filling the cupboards means that mom is coming for a visit and she cooks, bless her talented oven-burning, dish-washing wrinkled hands!
Must Do On New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve on the stroke of twelve definitely must kiss your spouse or significant other or you will be doomed to spend the rest of the year getting the cold shoulder and quite possible sleeping on the couch a goodly portion of the year.
Since this affects your personal relationship with the person you will spend most of your time with I would suggest you kiss your wife or significant other several times!
Happy New Year Day
Better get up early on this Happy New Year Day because you have a multitude of things that must be done. The first thing you must do is lock your house up, grab your gun, and stand guard at your front door. Do not allow a blond, a redhead, a cross-eyed person, a flat footed person, or a female to be the first to enter your home on New Year's Day. Only after a tall, good-looking dark-haired man bringing gifts enters your home can you allow anyone else in.
Darn! This means that I will be still standing at my door with a gun in December when Santa tries to enter and I'll be forced to shoot him, since he isn't dark haired. (sigh)Not only will you need to get busy and cook up a pot of black-eyed peas with ham hocks, but you must cook up a mess of greens or cabbage also. Since you have to cook anyway you may as well have a complete meal, so get busy and get some yams to cook and make a couple of pans of cornbread to round out the meal.
But, I don't want to cook on Happy New Year Day. I really don't want to! Hmmmm . . . . wonder what my chances are of getting hubby to cook all this stuff?
Work and Weather on this Happy New Year Day
Don't get bogged down with all that cooking because you still have a couple of things you must do. First work! You must do something work related, and your must do it successfully. You don't want to make any mistakes on this work so limit the amount of time you spend on it
Second, check the wind! If there is no wind you will have a prosperous and joyful year. If the wind blows from the south you'll have fine weather year round. If the wind blows from the north you'll have a year of bad weather. If the wind blows from the east you'll have famine and calamities. If the wind blows from the west you'll have plenty of food, but will also have the death of someone important to you.
I'm going to add one more wind alert to the wind predictions. If the wind is blowing from the south, north, east, and west, then get inside to the safest part of your home. You are in the middle of a tornado!
One More Thing For The Happy New Year Day
At some point on New Year's Day you must think about and write down at least ten New Year's Resolutions that you promise yourself that you will keep through the coming year.
Things You Must NOT Do On the Happy New Year Day
Gee, if I have to remember to do all the things on this list I will be exhausted. I think I'll just forget all the things that must be done on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day and just enjoy my day off work.
New Years Resources and Information:
New Year's Day
New Year Around the World
World's Strangest Traditions
January Customs and Traditions
New Year's Eve in Times Square
Auld Lang Syne and Other Traditions
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