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Old 01-04-2016, 09:04 AM
 
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I remember as a kid our dad encouraged us to bang some pots and pans for New Years. Its a PA thing, we ring in the new year and get pretty rowdy. He'd also watch the Mummers parade in Philly which I could never appreciate. Some of the comedy acts and themed brigades were pretty good, but sitting through hours of that with that terrible banjo music just wasn't worth it.
On New Year's Day, we have pork and sauerkraut, religiously. Pork because a pig pushes forward, not back. Sauerkraut because cabbage is green and green represents money. Don't eat chicken because a chicken scratches backward( bad luck) and don't eat fish because fish are silver and the fish will slip through your fingers, so will silver( money).
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Old 01-04-2016, 01:43 PM
 
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I remember as a kid our dad encouraged us to bang some pots and pans for New Years. Its a PA thing, we ring in the new year and get pretty rowdy. He'd also watch the Mummers parade in Philly which I could never appreciate. Some of the comedy acts and themed brigades were pretty good, but sitting through hours of that with that terrible banjo music just wasn't worth it.
On New Year's Day, we have pork and sauerkraut, religiously. Pork because a pig pushes forward, not back. Sauerkraut because cabbage is green and green represents money. Don't eat chicken because a chicken scratches backward( bad luck) and don't eat fish because fish are silver and the fish will slip through your fingers, so will silver( money).
Haha-yep. As a kid we used to bang pots and pans NYE at Midnight, then the Mummers Parade the next day. I've always liked the Mummers though, and as I got older-Two Street after party.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjyvCNI7vUg
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Old 01-04-2016, 04:18 PM
 
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Have a man walk across the threshold.
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Old 01-07-2016, 02:08 AM
 
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I cook collards, black-eyed peas and cornbread. I also toss the same old silver dollar, year after year, into the pot of collards while they are cooking, and I kiss my husband at midnight.

It has been that way throughout our marriage. The kids get a kick out of it.

This year, things were different.

We were invited to spend New Year's with my brother-in-law's family in the mountains. It was a pleasant trip. My SIL humored us and cooked the collards, black-eyed peas and cornbread. She is from New England and did not do it as I would have, but I appreciated her gesture and it was good. I did not bring the silver dollar to go into the collards. Also, I was exhausted and ended up going to sleep before midnight alone in the guest room.

My grandmother died on New Year's day this year.

Coincidence? More than likely - I am not really that superstitious. However, if I was superstitious then I would have a pretty good case!
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Old 01-12-2016, 07:55 PM
 
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My family believes in eating Saurkraut on the first for good luck.

I don't like saurkraut at all, so I drink beer!
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Old 01-17-2016, 02:28 AM
 
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Have something nice, special to eat, pop open a bottle of bubbly, light a few fireworks. Nothing spectacular.
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Old 01-18-2016, 12:26 AM
 
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Oh--we always make it a point not to wash clothes on New Years Day. If you do wash clothes on that day, someone in the family will DIE.
In some places, like where I grew up, that rule applies to the entire week between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. The original rule went something like, "Don't hang white linen outside to dry overnight" (because, presumably, that would be like preparing a shroud), but that morphed into not washing clothes at all. When I was a kid my folks explained that it was an old rule meant to give the servants a few days off from the never-ending laundry chores...
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Old 01-20-2016, 06:30 PM
 
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I do things such as opening windows and banging pots and pans. Here in Ohio, no one seems to do that, and after two years, I think we will dispense with this, left out neighbors think we are crazy.

I clean the house withing an inch of it's life. Before bedtime, I take a bath with lavender and sage. I also sage thr whole house.

Sometimes I anoint the doors and lintels with Frankincense oil.

What do you do, if anything?
we have a pig-roast , get the Ouija board out and sacrifice a vegan
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Old 01-21-2016, 06:34 AM
 
Location: WV/Va/Ky/Tn
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Fix cabbage and put a dime in the pot for good luck, whoever got the dime is suppose to have the best luck.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:35 AM
 
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We always banged pots and pans. Kids love it.
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