Most likely you have some sort of tradition to bring in the New Year. We talk traditions on today’s show and even give a little trivia to why these traditions exist. Read below to see what we talked about and explore more with our linked sources.
We also talk goals and reveal the 31 Days to an Organized Office challenge that kicks off January 1st! Be sure to join the organizing fun! Pick an area and follow our daily assignments. Begin 2014 with an organized space!
New Year Traditions:
- NEW YEAR COOKIES (Partzilke)
Chelle can remember eating these cookies every year on New Year’s Day. Her mom remembers there only being four bowl games on New Years Day and each time their team scored they passed around the New Year Cookies.
We found this recipe here @ Mennonite Girls Can Cook for you to use! Be sure to add yeast, oil and raisins (optional) to your grocery list this week.
- OYSTER STEW
Tracy remembers eating oyster stew at her grandma’s house. The creamy broth with the little oyster crackers floating around the top was so declicious. One oyster was enough.
Here is a recipe and a little history from an article by Arlyn Hackett.
For years I was curious about why oyster stew was popular in my home state of Kansas and why anyone would consider it for New Year’s Day. I eventually discovered that when the railroads were built across the plains, fresh oysters shipped in barrels of straw and ice became a sought-after delicacy. Eastern civilization had come to the Wild West.
The proper, religious neighbors who invited me over for oyster stew would likely be shocked to know that the custom of eating oysters comes from a time when the New Year celebration was associated with fertility rites. Eating oysters was thought to promote libido and fertility. Other foods, especially beans and lentils, were also thought to promote reproduction. Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day derives from that tradition.
- BANGING ON POTS AND PANS
Does anyone else do this? This was something Tracy learned from her husband’s family.
- EATING PORK AND SAUREKRAUT
This was not one of our traditions but it is so interesting to hear the reason pork is the chosen food over chicken and turkey. Read about it here. Pigs root forward. Chickens and turkey scratch backward. We want to move forward in the New Year!!
- MORE TRADITIONS FROM AMERICA
Read more here about American traditions like kissing at midnight, singing “Auld Lang Syne,” parades, and the ball drop in Time Square.
What are your traditions? Share your favorites below!