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What do you do to bring good luck to you and yours in the new year? In our home it means two things:

Before New Year’s Day: Take down and pack away all Christmas decor. According to my mom, it’s bad luck for the tree to still be up on the first day of the new year. (I think this is motivated by her fear that a dried out tree is a fire hazard, as well as her desire to have the house in order before the holiday break ends.)

Peas for Prosperity

On New Year’s Day: Eat black-eyed peas and collard greens with family, friends and neighbors. (In the South, if you wait too late, the grocery stores will be sold out of this good-luck grub.)

I’ll be cooking up these recipes from Food Network: Southern-Style Collard Greens and Spicy Black-Eyed Peas.

Share with us your January 1 traditions.

And from the Design Happens team at HGTV.com, peace and prosperity in 2011!

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7 Responses

  1. pixelecho69 says:

    In our family two good luck traditions for the next year are, first at 12 o'clock midnight grab your suitcase and walk around your front door in and out that means that you will travel all year and second eat 12 grapes that means money for the next 12 months, ! I know It's a tradition !

  2. Ayse says:

    I find people who take down their trees this early baffling. Christmas isn't even over until January 6, after all.

  3. Jim Halvorson says:

    We have post new Year's traditions: the first Sunday after the official 1st of the year, we make our special Spaghetti Bolognese. What was fun this year, is that Sunday was sooooo close to New Year's day….we had way too much food in the house (still do). :_)

  4. Steph says:

    I am thankful to see that someone feels the same way I do about taking trees and decor down by Jan. 1st. I do realize and respect that not everyone celebrates the Advent season. For those who do, it isn't over until Jan. 6th. Why not keep those decorations up for a few days longer and spread hope, faith, and cheer throughout the house for the first week of the new year!

  5. GAIL says:

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