Sunday, January 04, 2009

New Year's Tradition

Many cultures have traditional ways of celebrating the new year. These traditions can include eating a certain food or singing a certain song. In our family, we celebrate the new year in a very special way. Our tradition is to wrap the first person who falls asleep in toilet paper. This year Uncle Dan was lucky recipient of the toilet paper treatment. That will teach him to rest his eyes for a few minutes.

We also eat special food on New Year's Eve which we lovingly refer to as "Fry Night". Molly doesn't allow Jake to have much fried food throughout the year, but she let's down her guard on "Fry Night." This year's Fry Night included, Chicken Wings, Chicken Nuggets, Cheese Sticks, Fried Donuts, and Fried Zucchini. We had a few other things ready to fry as well, but our gall bladders were pretty much at the breaking point.

On New Year's Day, we went a little more traditional with Sauerkraut and Pork.

In many cultures, eating special food on New Year's Day is thought to bring good luck. Here are a few Lucky New Year's Day food items from around the world:
  • Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens
  • Foods Shaped Like Coins
  • lentils and sausages
  • sauerkraut
  • pomegranates
  • Eating Greens
  • Grapes
  • Pork
  • Fish Scales
  • Bread or Cakes with Things Baked Inside
  • Eating Noodles at Midnight
  • Ring-Shaped Foods
What do you eat to bring good luck in the New Year?

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