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What are your New Year's traditions?

Posted December 26, 2012


The new year is just around the corner and I thought it might be fun to share your New Year's Eve and New Year's Day traditions! Is there anything you do annually to ring in the New Year? Do hog jowls, collards and blackeye peas make an appearance at your house or do you have another favorite tradition?  Do you take the frugal route and celebrate at home or do you go all out and party 'til dawn?

As a child, my parents took us out to a fancy restaurant every year on New Year's Eve. My brothers and I always ordered lobster tail and thought it was the coolest thing. Now, as an adult, I think lobster tail is a ridiculous price and not really tasty enough to justify such an expense. I prefer a more affordable seafood item like shrimp, which is probably what we are having for dinner New Year's Eve.



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  • Oxymoron02 Dec 29, 2012

    Never really liked lobster (something about disecting what looks like a bug and eating it at table, just never got into it) even though, back home, it wasn't nearly as expensive. I actually had friends who owned lobster boats, both professionally and recreationally.

    In my house, we ring in the New Year with a whimper. My favorite online game has their winter event finale starting midnight Pacific, so we'll all log on, find our place to AFK it, and go to bed because we're not staying up til 3 am. So has it been for 5 years running. Sometime, probably around 10 am, I make breakfast, usually eggs, bacon and/or sausage, french toast or pancakes.

    My ex's Mom has this tradition of running out the front door banging pots and pans at midnight. Kids enjoyed it when they were smaller, but it never really *stuck* at my house.

  • scoutmomof2 Dec 27, 2012

    hoppin john is a southern dish consisting of black eyed peas, ham hocks and other traditional New Years dishes.


  • floomamia Dec 27, 2012

    We always have corned beef and cabbage with black eyed peas.

  • nakabi Dec 27, 2012

    KLW-what is hoppin' John?

  • nakabi Dec 27, 2012

    We will have prawns & steak for new years eve supper (total cost per person is less than $8) and ring in the new year by banging pots and pans like we do back home. On New years day we will have a large traditional Ugandan meal of ngenge (fish stew), luwombo (chunks of meat steamed in banana leaves), nkejje (dried fish), ugali, and nsuigga (similar to collard greens).

  • kellypsnll Dec 26, 2012

    When I was a kid, the family celebrated new years eve at my house and on new years day, we would go to my great-aunts house to see what the new years baby brought us. Everyone got a knee high sock and a bag attached to it for larger gifts. It was fun for adults and kids alike. I miss it a lot because I never had children of my own so the tradition won't continue on my side of the family. We would have a new years dinner also.

  • KLW Dec 26, 2012

    I make Hoppin' John and we stay home, safe and snug.

  • clnh4405 Dec 26, 2012

    We always have black-eyed peas for luck in the new year, and usually a pork roast.

  • stephkenner Dec 26, 2012

    We go to a friend of my husbands who has a get together every year on New Years Eve & then on New Years Day, I'll cook some type of pork product, collard greens, & black eyed peas. :)

  • watchhillgirl Dec 26, 2012

    New Years eve, I usually have something like shrimp or crab legs. Something special. But on New Years day, I have roast pork and saurkraut. It is a yankee tradition. I don't know if it is supposed to bring good luck or what...but my mother always made it and so do I. (My kids wouldn't even eat the saurkraut, but I still made it!) LOL