|See a Penny, Pick it up and all the day you'll have good luck.|
As we celebrate there are some old wives tales that have to be brought into action. The first is geared at wealth and riches.
|For wealth and riches put pennies on the window sill at New Years|
It was the custom of putting pennies on a window sill so that the new year brought wealth with it.
|A new broom sweeps clean -- off with the old so to speak|
Another was the buying of a new broom. This was to sweep out the old misfortunes to leave room for new and exciting experiences.
|It's good luck to have a man enter a house first on New Years|
Let's talk about New Year's Eve and the passing of the midnight hour. It was the custom to make sure that the first person to enter a household was a man. It was considered good luck to have a man be the first to enter the house.
There are several food traditions linked to New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
|from Oakmont Bakery, Oakmont, Pennsylvania|
The New Year's Pretzel is supposed to bring good luck to everyone who shares it and is to be eaten New Year's Eve or New Year's Day before breakfast. This stories behind this tradition are varied. Some believe that the shape stems from the monks who folded their arms across their chests and again some attribute it to the winter solstice shape of a circle with a dot in the middle and the central cross was added later to represent the four seasons.
|Pork and Sauerkraut to luck on New Year's Day|
Last but not least, is our tradition of eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day. This tradition stems from the belief that whatever you do on New Year's Eve you do the rest of the coming year. If you eat pork you will enjoy the blessings of the year and have bounties of food to feast upon instead of peck in the dirt to find your food if you were to eat chicken.
Whatever you believe, whatever your traditions, the true meaning of the holiday is to look to the future with open arms for family and friends. If you have any of your own, comment here so that we can appreciate your traditions. Happy New Year.