The website http://www.snopes.com offered these bits of superstitions about New Years that I thought I would share. Hope you find it as interesting as I did. Plus, I added a few of my own little comments in bold.
Kissing at Midnight 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. To fail to smooch our significant others at the stroke of twelve would be to set the stage for a year of coldness. I’m thinking that all those New Year’s Eve nights that my husband and I went to bed early and not ringing in the New Year might explain why I now have an ex husband. I’m just sayin…Could my marriage have been saved by a simple kiss at midnight on New Years? I guess I will never know, but this is one superstition I might need to remember if I ever remarry!
Food: A tradition common to the southern states of the USA dictates that the eating of black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will attract both general good luck and financial good fortune in particular to the one doing the dining. Some choose to add other Southern fare (such as ham hocks, collard greens, or cabbage) to this tradition, but the black-eyed peas are key. Other “lucky” foods are lentil soup (because lentils supposedly look like coins), pork (because poultry scratches backwards, a cow stands still, but a pig roots forward, ergo those who dine upon pork will be moving forward in the new year), and sauerkraut (probably because it goes so well with pork). I plan to eat lots of black-eyed peas today because we can all use a little good luck and financial good fortune is always welcome. I am curious…if we eat left overs does that better our odds of these two things becoming a reality?
First Footing: The first person to enter your home after the stroke of midnight will influence the year you’re about to have. Ideally, he should be dark-haired, tall, and good-looking, and it would be even better if he came bearing certain small gifts such as a lump of coal, a silver coin, a bit of bread, a sprig of evergreen, and some salt. Blonde and redhead first footers bring bad luck, and female first footers should be shooed away before they bring disaster down on the household. Aim a gun at them if you have to, but don’t let them near your door before a man crosses the threshold. I found this to be particular funny. A tall, dark-haired, good-looking man bearing gifts is welcome at my door any day. I would prefer bling over a lump of coal or a spring of evergreen, but hey, if he’s good looking I could adjust.
Today, I am thankful for the New Year and a new beginning.