Welcome to the new year! Hopefully, you all had a great New Year’s Eve with lots of celebrating with friends and loved ones. Jeremy and I stayed home and had a quiet evening in with the cats. We are homebodies and were in desperate need of a recharge. I don’t know about y’all but Jeremy and I have a few traditions that we do every year to make sure we start the new year off on the right foot. Some of these you may have heard of but some of them you may not have.
Before New Years Eve
Right after Christmas but before New Years starts we start some of the traditions. Our most recent tradition is hanging our Shimekarazi on our front door. If you followed my blog while we were in Japan, you may have seen my post about when we learned how to make them. Our friend, Junko, had introduced us to what a Shimekarazi is. In case you don’t know what they are, they are a special Japanese wreath that is hung on all the entrances into a home or business. A Shimekarazi is special New Year’s decoration. It is hung up on all the doors going outside the home or business on December 28th and then taken down to be burned on January 11th. It’s a Japanese New Years decoration for the door to protect from bad luck, protect the marriage (fern-like plant), ensure fertility (the two leaves folded together above the orange), and to make sure your family lasts for many generations (the orange). The rope part is made from rice straw.
Instead of burning the Shimekarazi we hung on our front door, we removed the orange and brought it with us. We weren’t sure if we would be able to find them here in the United States. We have it hanging on our front door. We may burn it this year if we can find out where to purchase new ones.
Another tradition we have before New Years is making sure that all of our dirty laundry and dishes are washed. I’ve heard from several people from different cultures that entering a new year with a dirty house brings the negativity from the previous year into the new year. While we may not have time to deep clean the house before New Year’s Eve, I can make sure that all of the dirty dishes and laundry are done. It has worked for us so far and seems help start us out the New Year in a good way.
On New Year’s Eve
On New Year’s Eve, the only real tradition is making sure we kiss at midnight and laugh. The kiss is to ensure that the New Year is full of love and the laughter is to make sure that there is plenty of happiness in the next twelve months.
Over the years I have had friends who had interesting midnight traditions. Some have eaten 12 grapes during the countdown in the hopes of having 12 months of happiness and good luck. A friend from Spain would grab her suitcase and run around the apartment building. She said that this would encourage traveling in the New Year. I may have to use her tradition this year. I want to travel a lot this year.
On New Year’s Day
One thing I heard often about New Year’s Day is that how you spend the day is how the rest of your year will be. No cleaning should be done because that means the coming year will be full of cleaning up messes whether it be literal messes around the house or cleaning up other people’s drama. Food should be cooked in the home to make sure that you have plenty of food in your house for the rest of the year.
Another food tradition that we have for New Year’s Day is eating ham, greens, blacked eyed peas, and cornbread for dinner. This is a southern tradition that my family has introduced Jeremy to since we first started dating. The ham is for health. The greens represent money and the black-eyed peas represent coins. The cornbread I have heard happiness because it is yellow like a smiley face emoji and gold because of its golden color. I just recently heard of people putting a dime in with the black eyed peas. One of the girls telling me about this said that the person who finds the dime is supposed to get good luck for the year or a trip to the emergency room because they were choking on it. She said it was like the baby in a King Cake. I think I will keep to our tradition of dime-free black-eyed peas. I don’t feel like ringing in the New Year with an emergency room trip.
Since how you spend New Years Day is supposed to set the tone for the rest of the year, Jeremy and I will be spending the day hunting for paranormal things. I won’t tell you yet but make sure you are following the Patreon blog for this investigation. It will be really interesting.
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Happy New Year! I hope all your dreams come true this year and that the year is full of happiness, love, and adventures. What traditions do you have? Any superstitions you have heard about New Years? Let me know in the comments below.