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Thread #87654   Message #1638743
Posted By: catspaw49
01-Jan-06 - 09:58 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Good Luck for the New Year
Subject: RE: Folklore: Good Luck for the New Year
I'm not sure how far the spread is on this one but I think it covers a good part of the heavily German settled parts of the midwest such as Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Pork roast of some form and sauerkraut is the traditional New Year's meal and like many other trads supposedly brings luck, health, and prosperity, in the coming year. Specifically in my neck of the woods this also meant you had to cook the kraut with a silver dollar in it......fortunately eating the silver dollar was not required.

In my working life I moved to several parts of the country and incorporated their traditions into our NY feast. These included the blackeyed peas, turnip greens, and cornbread mentioned above. I figured if I used them all our luck had to be the best! This year I got to thinking about that and after just spending all of December in the hospital and using up another of my nine lives (probably the 7th or 8th over the past 10 years) I had to think that this was the biggest bunch of traditional superstitious bullshit I had ever encountered!

So this year, since we missed our regular Christmas Eve with Connie and Wayne, we are getting together today and eating oyster stew, assorted shrimp dishes, and all manner of other finger foods topped off with Pecan Pie and an Annie's Cheesecake (one of the best I have ever eaten--this one is a white chocolate/rasberry 10 inch mohunker that weighs FOUR pounds!!!)............Now I don't know that any of this will bring luck or money or health but it can't be any worse than the other stuff and I can help but say that it all beats the hell out of kraut, greens, and blackeyed peas.