Can you believe another year has gone by? Doesn’t time seem to fly? Tomorrow will be New Year’s Day. I imagine many of you are planning to enjoy the traditional New Year’s Day meal of pork, black eye peas and greens.
As you probably know, greens represent paper money and peas represent coins, both are harbingers of financial prosperity in the new year. I never could figure out what the pork is supposed to represent, but according to food website Epicurious.com, pork represents forward progress as pigs are always rooting forward. It is also apparently bad luck to eat chicken or lobster on New Year’s Day as those creatures tend to move backwards.
Another unique new year idea I came across last year was to keep a jar with little slips of paper nearby and write down special things and happy memories from the year and then empty the jar and read all the things on New Year’s Eve. I kept meaning to do this, but never got around to it. Maybe this year I will remember as I think it would be a neat tradition. I certainly had many fun and special memories in 2015, my wedding and honeymoon, of course, being on the top of the list.
The new year is a great time to reflect on the year gone by and make plans and goals for the new year. Of course, making new year’s resolutions is a popular tradition as well. Some people also choose a word to represent the new year and what they want to accomplish in it.
I think for many, the start of a new year can be stressful and people often make resolutions they find difficult to keep. I suggest not taking it all too seriously. Set realistic goals, but don’t beat yourself up over them. Take one day at a time and focus on the joy of living!
Wishing a happy new year to one and all!
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Kitsey Burns Harrison is a reporter for The Yadkin Ripple, here she shares her musings on food, life and love. She can be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.