Do you like the cute pigs in my New Year's banner? The tradition that pigs bring good luck -- especially at the New Year -- is apparently Teutonic in origin. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the image of a white pig (almost never a spotted, belted, or brown breed) is used as a lucky charm in Germany, Austria, England, and Ireland, as well as among Anglo-Americans.
Do you make New Year resolutions? I never do. I don't need the added stress of trying to keep any more promises or responsibilities much less resolutions. I just do the best I can and it will have to do.
As for traditional New Year's food, we will have ham (those lucky pigs you know) and Mom will make cabbage (which I don't like.) No one much likes black eyed peas so we are having pinto beans instead.
No partying for us, we are a quiet household. I've gone to a few parties in the past but I prefer the comfort, warmth and safety of home. Not to mention the luxuriousness of falling asleep in front of the TV cuddled in a quilt with a cat in my lap.
I'm hoping this new year brings many blessings to everyone!