I must be getting old. I think this is the first New Year’s Eve that I haven’t felt like going out somewhere, or having someone over. I even thought about going to bed early tonight but that just didn’t feel right. It would be a first for me–sleeping through the New Year. It just doesn’t seem right to not be awake when the clock strikes midnight to celebrate in some way. And I have to say, I’m not sad in. the. least. to see 2013 go.
I can’t remember ever NOT being awake at midnight on New Year’s Eve. As a young girl, my mother always let my sisters and me stay up to “bring in the New Year.” Our tradition was to sip champagne (yuck) and believe me, one sip is all this girl wanted. My mother always drank her champagne from a hollow stemmed champagne glass and I remember my sisters and I always liked watching the champagne bubbling up in her glass.
Our biggest tradition was to bang pots and pans at midnight. I used to think everyone did this on New Year’s Eve. I think I was in college and dating my boyfriend-turned-husband when I learned that not everyone does this on New Years Eve. He had never heard of it and I think he found it quite an odd tradition. I remember vividly either standing on the front porch of our house banging the pots and pans with spoons or a group of us neighborhood kids parading up and down the street. This made quite the racket as you can imagine.
I also used to pull out my trumpet sometimes and play Auld Lang Syne at midnight too. That stopped many years ago when I lost my trumpet lip. When I married and kids came along, I used to let them bang pots and pans too (traditions are important to me). Sometimes we would shoot a few fireworks. Usually we pull out the dusty wine glasses out of the cabinet (which only see the light of day once a year on New Years Eve in this house) and fill them with Sparkling Red Grape Juice and we all share a toast.
For New Years dinner, I usually have a pork roast of some sort and always black-eyed peas with a dime hidden in them for good luck. My mother did that and I believe her mother before her.
Do you have any special traditions you do to celebrate the New Year? Here’s hoping you all have a very Happy 2014!!!!!