This menu just begins to scrape the surface of the New Year’s Day superstitions in my family. My grandmother won’t allow anyone in the family to wash clothes on January 1st. She claims that washing on New Year’s Day will “wash a family member out of your life.” She also claims that you can’t take anything out of the house on that day. If you do, you must be sure to bring something in first. All of this is to ensure a year of prosperity. While there are many explanations about why these traditions hang on, the truth of the matter is many folks keep them alive because that’s what they’ve always done. It’s that way in my family. My grandmother and great-grandmother followed these superstitions and we continue them on today.
Regardless of what you might find on your table or what kinds of crazy traditions you might follow, here’s to 2014! May it be a year of good fortune for us all!