Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year's Traditions

New Year's Traditions......

I grew up in a family with Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. One of the traditions my family had each year for New Year's Day was to eat pork and sauerkraut, a meal I've never liked. Supposedly it was to bring good luck throughout the year if consumed on that day. Now I don't know how eating one particular food could bring something like that, nor do I believe in good luck, but needless to say it was something that we always had.

Now, I've never liked sauerkraut. I remember my first New Year's Day as a new bride. I eagerly anticipated having something different on the menu than the traditional fair, especially since we would be dining with my in-laws who had no idea of what the PA folk typically eat. What I didn't know is that my mother-in-law had asked my husband what I normally ate on that holiday. And you guessed it..... pork and sauerkraut graced the table again that year.

Sigh. I couldn't get away from it.

My husband and I have been married for 26 years now and we still make the same meal. It used to be because he and both my boys loved the meal. This year was our first holiday as empty nesters.... and we still had pork and sauerkraut. Somehow I don't think I'll ever get away from the practice. I did talk to my mother yesterday and learned something new - both my Dad and his Dad didn't like sauerkraut either. I'm not alone!!!! :) Apparently it's passed down through the genes.

Do you have any New Year's traditions?

Happy New Year. May your year be blessed.

Posted by Jodie Wolfe AKA Digging for Pearls


  1. It's not a normal New Year's tradition exactly, but I like to at least write something on that's like whatever you do on the first day of the year, you'll do all year. :-)

  2. Great idea Patricia. The start of a great habit, right? :)

  3. LOL, Jodie. At least you know you aren't the only one who suffered through tradition. :) People in my neck of the woods typically eat black-eyed peas and cabbage. You'll only find me with the black-eyed peas though. :)

    Hope your year is great!

  4. Glad I gave you a chuckle, Crystal. :)