WELL..we survived our holiday madness and came out smelling
like scented candles and sugar cookies. It seems we go through this every year..can’t wait til it gets here and then, wham… it’s over in what seems like five minutes. All that work cleaning and cooking and wrapping and planning all over in a fog of garbage bags full of empty boxes, bags, bows and tissue paper.
NO one was disappointed thanks to those cute little things called gift cards. No one complained because the size was too small,too big or the wrong color. It was bright happy faces at just anything they received this year. You see, we feed lunch before we open the gifts, that way they are in a stupor of full bellies and contentment…works everytime!! Times right now are tough.
Taxes are higher and home insurance has risen and cost of living has went up, the heating bill is higher than ever too! It is tough making ends meet sometimes, so whatever you receive you are grateful to get.
WE come to the task of deciding when to take the tree down..ours is after Jan 1st..so that way I get to look at it longer. In Ca. we used to make a New Years tree..we would make some small balloons and place them and some streamers on the tree and make it festive for the new year. Take a small piece of paper that you can roll up and write some resolution or wish for the new year there and then roll it up and tie it with some wrapping twine and hang it on the tree. You can make as many as you like. My aunt started this at her office and it was a big hit. When the party is over or the tree is taken down, the wishes are taken off the tree and put in a ceremonial burning dish or pan or bucket. In our house it was the fireplace!! We would burn the wishes or resolutions and hope for them to come true. The kids would have fun popping the balloons!
MY Aunt passed away in 1995, I often wonder if they still do that tradition in the office where she used to work. Well it was a fun way to bring in the new year that was for sure. I tried to keep it alive when I lived there, but who knows if they still do it or not.
I make tons of snacks and small dishes and we nosh on them all through the new year’s eve day and night so I don’t have to cook. JAN. 1st, the matriarch of this family insists on the old southern standby’s of good luck.. blackeyed Peas, cornbread, turnip greens, ham and sweet potatoes. Her great grandmother used to put a shiny new dime in the pot and whoever got the dime in their serving would, supposidly, have good fortune all through the year.
I hope all of you have some new year traditions that you keep going in your families. I have to say that we have had our fair share of not so good luck too, even though the meal was shared by all. So much for the good luck dime, or the blackeyed peas, or the wishes on the tree. Maybe we left something out.. I have no idea..anyone out there got any ideas???