What does New Year's Day mean to you? To me it is rooted in tradition!
My family has ALWAYS shared this meal together on New Year's Day. It is my favorite meal of the year, way better than Easter or Thanksgiving or any other of the eating holidays!
I also think the symbolism in this traditional meal is fun! Do you know what each of these foods symbolizes for your year to come?
Black-eyed peas: Good Luck! You are supposed to eat at least one pea for each day of the new year.... I don't count mine but don't worry, I had plenty!
Corn bread: Wealth/Gold! I mean who doesn't want to have plenty of wealth for the new year?
Greens: The spicier they are the spicier your sex life will be! My greens are actually steamed spinach with lots of garlic, onion, and red pepper.... bring it on!
Ham: Moving Forward. A pig uses its snout to dig in the ground searching for food in a forward direction. It is said that you shouldn't eat fowl (turkey, chicken) on New Years because they have to scratch for their food and no one wants to just "scratch by for a living", they want to be associated with the plump and well fed pig.... give me prosperity but I am still working to get rid of the plump!
So, tell me, what is your New Year's Day tradition?
Thanks so much to all of you for your love and support in 2009... Here's to a fabulous 2010!