December 26, 2018
Bringing in the New YearI don't know about you, but after eating Christmas dinner, cake and pie, I might not have to eat for at least a week. There was plenty to go around as I celebrated with my family, but we all know what is headed for us around the corner - New Year's Eve. I'm not sorry to see 2018 end, but I am ready for 2019.
Also, last year I went on three camping trips, each with my daughters and got to spend valuable time with them. I traveled plenty by ship on a cruise, by car to camping and by plane to Oregon and to see the Saints defeat the Vikings. The beach held its romance for me as my husband and I went there too. So, why am I excited about 2019? Because I foresee lots of great things in my future. No, I'm not a psychic, but I feel it in my bones. With that said, it never hurts to have luck on my side.
Luck can be tricky. It can go either way. For me, I prefer the gook luck kind so I did a little research and discovered things that can bring you luck heading into the new year.
FOODSNow I'm back to eating. I discovered that there are plenty of traditions around the world that if you eat certain foods, they will bring you luck.
- Black-eyed peas, cabbage, and cornbread. It's not just a southern thing, it's everywhere. The tradition has it that for every pea you each you get a penny, every time you eat a bite of cabbage it will bring you a dollar and the cornbread is for gold.
- You have to have some sort of pork with the above. Why? Pork represents progress.
- Now if you want twelve months of good fortune, in Spain and in Mexico they eat twelve grapes exactly at midnight on New Year's Eve.
- In Greece, they hurl pomegranates to the floor to disperse the seeds which represent fruitfulness I am told.
- A ring bunt cake is to be eaten after your meal as it serves as unity and prosperity.
- Fish.... Fish... Especially whole fish. No reason, in particular, it's what Asian and European countries do.
- Noodles, especially long rice noodles which represents wealth. The goal is to eat the noodles without breaking it.
So, now I think I've helped you plan your New Year's meal, let's talk about some superstitions that will also bring good fortune or good luck.
- I think we have all heard of kissing the one you love at midnight. Failure to do so may cause a string of bad luck.
- Be happy in everything, but above all do not cry on New Year's day. Word has it, if you do, your sadness will continue throughout the year.
- Make sure you have cash in your purse, pocket or wallet to grant prosperity for the next year.
- Get ahead of your monthly bills and pay them before they are due to start the New Year without debt.
- Remember who the first person is who enters your home after Midnight as they will impact your life for the rest of the year.
- Do something productive to start the year off correctly, but don't go to your place of employment.
- Avoid laundry. In some cultures, if you do, you might wash away someone you love out of your life.
- You might think red is the color of Christmas, but it also should be worn on New Year's Day for good luck.
What is a new year without a resolution? If you truly want something positive to happen in your life in 2019, take control and make a resolution. I think mine will be around taking better care of myself by exercising and eating healthier.
MEET CAREY V. AZZARA