Discussion Post: What Are Your New Years Traditions/Superstitions?

Happy New Years Eve! I work until noon, and then I am off until Monday! Woo-hoo!!!! Party party board games and jigsaw puzzles!

New Years Superstitions!

I have a very bad habit with superstitions of believing completely everything I hear forever and ever. You can’t keep acquiring superstitions and never dropping old ones, at some point it just becomes very difficult to function. Do you know how hard it is to drive in the country if you can’t look at a load of hay or a white horse, and have to stop and watch a buzzard until it flaps its wings, and say “rabbit rabbit rabbit” every time you pass a cematary?

For New Years, when I was a kid we started following a rule of “if you have a sweet taste in your mouth at the new year, it will be a sweet year.” Pretty simple, you just eat a sweet right at New Years.

And then we added on hoppin’ johns, black eyed peas and rice, also supposed to be eaten right at the New Year.

Best Hoppin' John Recipe - How to Make Black-Eyed Pea Stew

And then there’s the Herring tradition from the Scandinavian countries that I just threw on a few years ago because I had sardines on hand and now I can’t get rid of it.

Polish style herrings for New Years Eve Party - Polishnews.com

We also have one steady Tradition, which is to go out on the sidewalk at midnight and bang pots and pans. When I was growing up, there was one other family across the street that had the same tradition, so we would go out and bang and shout, and then wave at them, and then go back inside and go to bed. Now we don’t necessarily have any other pot-bangers around us, but it’s still nice to do.

So my New Years plan is, in the 60 seconds between midnight and one minute after, I have to run downstairs and bang pots and shout, then run upstairs and quickly eat something sweet, hoppin’ johns, and herring one right after the other. I’ll line them up on the table so I can move fast fast FAST.

Also, my own personal superstition that I invented in my head, the way I am feeling/what I am doing at midnight will either curse or bless the ENTIRE YEAR. So if I feel sleepy or headachey or stressed or anything but perfectly calm and peaceful at the second the clock strikes midnight, the whole year is ruined.

And now you say, “But, what were you doing at the stroke of midnight on 2020?” Good question! I had New Years totally by myself, I bought a bunch of junk food and stayed home with my dog and binged TV. HA! My theory WORKS!!!! I control the universe and if I mess up at all my New Years celebration this year, all of 2021 will be terrible. But I have to remember, not to feel stressed.

Anyway, what are your traditions and superstitions? If you have any good ones, I’ll pile them on top of my current list! Or you can tell me things just for fun, if you say “it’s good luck on New Year’s to stand on your head”, I’ll do it. While eating herring and black eyed peas.

16 thoughts on “Discussion Post: What Are Your New Years Traditions/Superstitions?

  1. Those beans look good.

    I don’t have any superstitions regarding New Year.
    The only traditional thing we have are lentils, because my husband wants them. And we have smoked salmon and swordfish every year, but just because we like it, not because it brings luck or something (at least for me, not sure about my husband who deep inside is very superstitious but won’t admit it)

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    • Why lentils? Is it just because it is what you usually have? Or is it a good luck thing? Because we have lentil soup already, I can easily add it to my list.

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  2. I think the German tradition of individual fireworks at New Year’s started out as something about scaring away evil spirits. Really too bad that it wasn’t allowed this year of all years. But it seems you’ve got it covered with your pot banging.

    The thing I really need for New Year’s Eve is “Dinner for One”. It’s a really old English language sketch, recorded in black and white, that is shown on all public broadcast stations sometime in the early evening. The version on YouTube lacks the German announcer in the beginning and the very specific laugh Tara of the original studio audience, but it will give you a good idea:

    It’s really just slapstick, but then again, how much slapstick would still make you laugh after decades of watching it every year? You grow up with watching James trip, slowly start to understand more of the dialogue, and once you get the final wink, you’re also at the point where you can predict every laugh from the audience. I tested it last night: It’s still comfort food for the soul, nothing unexpected at all, but we still laughed a lot. Perfect.

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    • And of course, I had to go watch that skit. It’s delightful! Classic comedy. And what a nice tradition, watching the same ten minutes of funny every year.

      On Fri, Jan 1, 2021 at 4:20 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • I just noticed, Miss Sophie may actually be the one person in the world whose New Year’s Eve actually was “the same procedure as every year”.

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  3. I grew up eating black eyed peas and cabbage, but for New Year’s Day lunch or dinner, not at the stroke of midnight.

    This year if course I’m in Japan and there are no black eyed peas, so I ate soba instead, which is a tradition for a long life. A lot of Japanese people get up and watch the first sunrise, but I slept in this morning because I didn’t sleep well. Most people go to a shrine, but we’ve been asked not to go on January first. I went on December 30 instead and got my fortune for the year. (Technically I think it was only my fortune for the remaining two days, but I think an exception can be made this year). Today I visited a tiny local shrine where there were no people.

    My personal superstition is that new year’s day sets the tone for the whole year. So, I read for a long while and exercised and took a walk in nature and did research symbolically for about 15 minutes but mostly relaxed because that’s what I want to do next year.

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    • Hmm. If my New Year’s Day sets the tone for the whole year, so far that means I will spend the whole year slightly ill from too little sleep and too much sugar. But then, that is how I spend every New Year’s Day.

      On Fri, Jan 1, 2021 at 4:40 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  4. My New Years’s eve tradition is to fall asleep well before midnight, which is what happened again this year. But my husband woke me up seconds before the ball dropped, which was nice. He then proceeded with his family tradition, which is to run around outside banging on pots and pans. I watched for approximately 30 seconds and hoped my neighbors don’t call the cops and promptly went back to sleep!

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    • I like your husband. My husband fell asleep at nine, and I joined him at 10. But I did wish him Happy New Year when a neighbor’s firecrackers woke us up at midnight. I wish I had had the energy to run around with pots and pans.

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    • This sounds like the perfect couple, I’m jealous. My parents and I noticed last night that somehow we are sleepier on New Years Eve than any other night. Night before last, we were up to 11:30 doing our usual TV show and cereal late night routine, no problem. Last night, about 9:30 we started going “is it time to go to bed yet?”

      On Fri, Jan 1, 2021 at 9:52 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  5. If your experience at the minute of the new year actually affects the year to come, my year will include lots of sleep. I started a new tradition this year, the family sat around a table with sparkling apple cider talking about all the good things that happened this year. And there were a lot of good things. From homemade pizza recipes to new fun areas found to friends and relatives moving closer. The adults would have had champagne, except we had already had too much, celebrating with neighbor friends at 3 and other friends who stopped by at 5, that in and of itself was another good thing. Even six feet apart and in freezing weather, friendship is a good thing. Traditionally my mother always had fondue New Years Eve and Rotel Dip new years day. But after three birthdays and Christmas in a month I’m too tired to create all the fondue dipping sauces, much less find the garage sale pot, and I’m not even sure I can buy Velveeta Cheese where I live, so we had California Rolls. The 12 year old ate the whole jar of pickled ginger.

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    • This is a great new tradition!!!! And your boys are at a really good age for it, able to meaningfully contribute without overthinking it.

      Also, pickled ginger is delicious, your 12 year old knows whats what.

      On Fri, Jan 1, 2021 at 10:08 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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