Sunday, January 01, 2006

How do YOU ring in the new year?

Vanessa Hart here, ringing in the new year. I hope all of you are facing 2006 with optimism rather than a hangover *g*. Here in the southeastern U.S., we have certain traditions that are still strictly observed, mostly having to do with food.

To start off the day, we should eat something circular to symbolize "coming full circle." This can be a bagel, a doughnut, or an elaborate coffee cake ring. Or even a bowl of Cheerios! This is one tradition I usually skip, though, because I rarely eat any of these.

For lunch (or here in the South, we call this dinner, being as it's the main meal of the day on Sundays and holidays), we'll have some kind of pork (for prosperity), greens (also for prosperity), rice, and black-eyed peas (for good luck). This year, our menu is ham, Hoppin' John (for those who don't know, this is a dish of black-eyed peas and rice), and collard greens. Last year, we had pork chops, sweet potatoes, cabbage, and black-eyed pea soup. Some southerners believe cornbread to be a part of the New Year's Day tradition also.

Hey! I just thought of something! For dessert, I'll make a pineapple upside down cake and meet the "something circular" tradition. Not that I'm superstitous, but why take chances, right?

Okay, your turn. What traditions do you observe in your family and your part of the world to ring in the new year? All non-LSB participants will be eligible for a drawing for a free download of our New Year's holiday anthology, RESOLUTIONS, by Jasmine Haynes, Dee S. Knight, Leigh Wyndfield, and me.

So join in and post! I'll draw the winner at 9:00 PM Eastern tonight and announce it here at SEx.



Blogger snowflake said...

Happy New Year, Vanessa. We don't have any particular New Year tradition as the Chinese New Year is the big thing for my family but we would always join in the countdown on TV and admire the fireworks display.

1:34 AM  
Anonymous annalisa said...


Happy New Year!

Our New Year's tradition is when the clock strikes midnight, we start calling our family members to wish them a Happy New Year!

Later in the day we take down the Christmas tree.

Hope 2006 will be a good year for everyone! :)

2:13 AM  
Blogger Pam P. said...

Happy New Year everyone!

Annalisa, we do the same - call anyone in the family not already together and partying at midnight. Late night party-goers sleep and chill out New Year's Day, those that didn't get together for dinner - usually something simple like a baked ham and rolls, play some games. Party-goers may or may not show up later in the day or evening, lol.

3:33 AM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

We don't have any family traditions in our family for New Years.

Ahhhh, how fondly I remember ringing in the New Year drunk as a skunk in a bar that I had set up residence in. Last night I was in bed by 10pm. Sheeesh!

I'm so glad the holidays are over!

Happy New Year, Everybody! *G*

10:40 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Hi Nessie,

I'm ringing in the new year with Boy Scout Christmas Tree Recycling. Yep, you heard me. Up at six am, get ready to leave by seven forty-five and spend eight hours with a group of boys dedicated to using old Christmas tree's for something other than land fill.

The boys collect trees and use them for stream restoration here in our local area or chip them for landscaping.

So, I'm dropping in for a quick, hi, how are you, hope everyone had a great New Years Eve, and Happy 2006!


10:40 AM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Michelle, what a wonderful and worthwhile project. Hooray for you.

Annalisa, we're also taking down the tree today. That job's almost finished, thankfully.

Jenny, thanks for joining us even if it's not Chinese New Year.

Pam P., Happy New Year. If I called any of my family at midnight, they'd kill me! We're so NOT party animals that most everyone is asleep by then. *LOL*

meljprincess: Been there, done that, had the hangovers! Although in my case, I usually was at a party instead of a bar. Now I am so not a drinker.

Thanks for joining me, y'all!

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Vanessa! Hope you had a smashing new year's eve and wish you a happy new year! Last night i and my family watched the fireworks displays on telly from all over the world, those places that had already seen in the new year, that is. I don't have a particular new years tradition. Usually we go visiting family. Today i'm just doing some reading (christmas tales *grin* i'm still in a festive mood!)

Elizabeth (

11:39 AM  
Blogger Jasmine Haynes said...

Hey there, mon cheri, Happy New Year! And Happy New Year to all the readers!

I don't really have a tradition for ringing in the new year. But my hubby and I, my sister and her hubby are going down to my Mom's for a lovely brunch at the old folks home. She's not really "old folks." In fact, Mom amazes me at her "vim and vigor." She just turned eighty and she's the one who takes care of all the other little old ladies, some of whom are much younger than she is! So, I hope to make this a new year's tradition from now on.

And speaking of the new year, our book "Resolutions" is all about those New Year's resolutions we make. And boy, what a lot of fun we had writing about the stories.

Happy New Year to all!

12:10 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Yes, Jasmine, I still fondly remember the endless discussions in plotting out our four heroines' stories and the connecting threads. Thanks for posting, and happy new year!

Elizabeth, there's no harm in lingering in the holiday spirit. Technically, the twelve days of Christmas end at Epiphany, don't they? That's January 5.


12:21 PM  
Anonymous Rae Morgan said...

We stay at home to ring in the New Year. We drink a toast (mine is single malt scotch) while counting down the New Year with Dick Clark in Times Square. Then we have hot monkey, well, you can guess what that means. LOL

Rae Morgan

12:39 PM  
Blogger glenna day said...

I always bring in the new year with the count down at times square. Then call my family and wish them happy new year. On New years day we always have saurkraut and pork. Supposed to bring luck for the new year.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Rae, *LOL* Absolutely on the hot monkey! What better way to ring in the new year, right?

Glenna, 'kraut and pork, yes! That's another variation on the hamhocks and cabbage or ham and greens. Happy new year.


1:40 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Hi, Nessie,

Traditions? When I was growing up, my North Carolina father insisted on greens for dinner, but (fortunately) accepted ham in lieu of hog jowls :). Then the main thing we did was watch the parades and the football games, which I still love to do.

Since marrying and moving around so much, I've let many traditions slip, and DH and I don't have any for New Years.

I don't normally make resolutions, either, as our heroines did in the book, Resolutions. If I thought I'd have as much fun as they did, I might start, though!

I did stay awake last night for the ball to drop in Times Square (I often don't), and even stayed up for midnight Central time. I toasted the New Year with a cup of coffee, lol. Like you, if I called my family members at midnight, I'd still be hearing about it NEXT New Year's Eve. I thought about calling you, though. :-))

Wishing all of us a prosperous, happy, healthy, wealthy, wise 2006!


1:54 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Ya know, Dee, if YOU had called, that would have been all right.


2:25 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

LOLLOLLOL!! I've got you on auto-dial for midnight next Jan 1!!


2:36 PM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

I already have Resolutions. Loved it!

New Year's Day is a big event at my house. We're Buddhist (SGI-USA). We attend a New Years Day World Peace prayer meeting with other members in our area. It's always a very encouraging way to start the first day!

We then go out to breakfast--which we did! Later today we're going to a movie.

I'm about to start writing. It's been said that the things you do on the first day of the year are the things you'll do most often throughout that year. Writing is a good thing!

2:48 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Yes, Darragha, writing is a good way to start out the year. Good luck!

Dee, may I reciprocate? *BWG*


3:23 PM  
Blogger Debby said...

Hi Vanessa,
Our only tradition is to have a nice ham dinner. We are waiting for my daughter to get home from work so we are eating late today.
Happy New Year!!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Happy New Year, Debby!


4:20 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Absolutely no traditions for the new year here. Well, a kiss at midnight, but that's it.

5:22 PM  
Blogger downward spiral said...

happy new year!

5:30 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Oh, yes, a kiss at the very least at midnight! Or as Rae says, the hot monkey *G*.


6:50 PM  
Blogger Pam P. said...

Calling those early morning risers at midnight was the best fun when we were younger, lol. One year my BIL was especially tired after being out snowplowing, and took the phone off the hook before he fell asleep so we couldn't get through. He was lucky they didn't live so close, otherwise we would've showed up at the door!

Really good stories in Resolutions for some lucky reader who hasn't read them yet.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Really good stories in Resolutions for some lucky reader who hasn't read them yet.

Thank you, Pam. I'm glad you liked RESOLUTIONS.


7:51 PM  
Anonymous Yesy Rubi said...

Happy New Year to All!!
Our New Year's tradition is making sure we all ring in the new year together if possible. Some of our family lives out of state so this is not possible for them to be with us, but we call them as soon as we all make the rounds giving each other hugs and kisses and wishing each other a happy new year.
Our new years dinner is always the same; roast pork with rice, black beans, yuca, and flan for dessert. And right before midnight we toast the new year with a glass of champagne (even the younger ones are allowed to drink) and after midnight we eat twelve grapes for good luck. With each grape you make a wish for the new year (good health, prosperity, etc...). And let me not forget the music, dancing and drinking.
Basically we have ourselves a very traditional latin new year.
Then on new year's day we all sleep in late and laze around slowly easing out of the effects too much fun can have on a body.
Hope every one had as much as we did!

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Jillian said...

Happy New Year!

I never knew there were so many traditions. Ham seems to be a trend. There was a time I went out on New Year's Eve to mingle with the masses, but now I'm usually in bed. My husband's always working to keep the city safe. I like the idea of having traditions to make it more than just another day.


8:47 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Thank you Yesy Rubi for sharing your traditions. The new year's dinner sounds delicious, all favorite foods of mine.


8:48 PM  
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11:23 AM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Glenna Day, you're the winner of the drawing! Congratulations and happy new year.


11:25 AM  

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