When I was young and still celebrated the ringing in of a new year with my parents we had a few traditions that we always followed.
We always got new underwear and pajamas from Santa that we wore on New Year's Eve. My mom always just said it was for luck - that what the New Year found you wearing when it came in was what you would wear for the rest of the wear. So new was good. And hopefully new underwear and pjs translated to just plain new clothes! I guess this is why I still buy my children, ages 30, 26, and 25 new underwear for Christmas. And in my gift giving tradition, that package is always "from Mrs. Claus!"
Another fond memory from New Year's Eve past: As the adults celebrated with Lambrusco, the Italian bubbly wine that they preferred, my two besties, Jackie and MJ and I were given a small bottle (a little bigger than an airplane bottle) or two of Mogen David wine for us to share! Concord grape in flavor, with a smidgen of alcoholic content, it was really glorified grape juice. But it was wine, it was scandalous and we loved it. We would watch the ball drop, toast each other and my parents, hug each other and then go outside and light sparklers!
We continue this tradition by drinking champagne toasts and exchanging kisses with those we love at midnight on New Year's Eve.. We kiss those dearest to us at midnight not only to share a moment of celebration with our favorite people, but also to ensure those affections and ties will continue throughout the next twelve months. We don't want to take any chances!
We always had roasted pork, cabbage and potatoes to eat on New Year's Day. This is to ensure overall good health, wealth and happiness in the New Year. Hubby always makes pork and sauerkraut on January 1st to continue this tradition.
But my favorite tradition, one I still carry out every New Year's Eve in my own home is setting the table for the New Year's blessing. The term "setting the table" may be a bit misleading because the table isn't set with plates, cutlery and glassware; it is set with items that represent what you want the New Year to bless when it arrives at 12:00 AM.
So this is what was on my table last night to be blessed in 2016:
- Photos of my family and my dogs representing them.
- Pasta, peanut butter, apples, tomatoes and bananas - representing good food and nutrition.
- Meaty bones and dog food - representing food for the hounds.
- Wine, beer and spiced rum - representing wine, beer and spiced rum.
- The family checkbook representing wealth.
- Mistletoe representing love.
- A laptop representing our work.
- Photo albums representing good times and travel with family and loved ones.
- My "girls night out fund."
- A good book.
- My ticket stub box representing fun things to do.
- And finally, a Christmas ornament asking Santa to help the Cleveland Browns - this was kind of done in jest, but hey, we need all the help we can get,
So there you have it - my blessing request from the New Year.
In closing, an Italian quote “Quello che si fa a Capodanno si fa tutto l’anno,” “What you do on New Year's Eve you will do all year long,” so I hope you spent last night with those you love and did something that makes you happy. Happy 2016!