Well, here we are. The end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. Along with all of the well wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year, we also wish you much success in all things heart and head. One of the more important things to keep in mind when celebrating is to have a SMART head about you. There are many things going on around you tonight. People are rushing, drinking, partying, celebrating, making poor choices…. The most important way to start your 2014 is being safe so that you may enjoy all good things to come this next year.
If you are hosting a party (& where is our invite?) please follow these very simple suggestions and have your party be a smashing success.
- Plan ahead by naming a “designated driver.” Make this your responsibility as the host.
- Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests.
- Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guests.
- Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends.
- Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home.
- If you drink, don’t drive.
- Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before the party or celebration begins.
- If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit, or get a sober friend or family member to come pick you up.
- Or, stay where you are until you are sober.
- Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive.Please be sensible while having New Year’s fun… Your safety is of utmost importance to us.
Did you know that there are foods that are said to bring good luck to you in the New Year? Well of course there are… there is a food for everything!!
Ring in the New Year with one or all of these food traditions said to bring good luck in the coming year. Here are 10 different foods and the things that make them LUCKY!!
Black Eyed Peas: Resembling coins, these beans are said to bring prosperity in the New Year and are often enjoyed in the traditional southern dish known as Hoppin’ John. In some households, enjoying the dish may be proceeded by a hopping dance performed around the table by the children.
Recipe to try: Katie Lee’s Hoppin’ John
Buttered Bread: New Years Day in Ireland is also known as Day of the Buttered Bread (or Sandwich, depending on the Gaelic translation you use.) Tradition says buttered bread placed outside the front door symbolizes an absence of hunger in the household, and presumably for the year to come.
Recipe to try: Barmbrack
Grapes/Raisins: Tradition in Spain says 12 grapes or raisins eaten just before midnight (one at each chime of the clock) will bring good fortune for all 12 months of the year, as long as you finish all 12 before the final stroke!
Greens: Because of their deep emerald color (think money), hearty greens like kale, spinach, and collards are believed to bring wealth (And of course health!) to those who enjoy it early and often in the New Year. For legume or meat-based dishes, a garnish of parsley is also said to ward off evil spirits.
Recipe to try: Baked Wild Rice with Kale, Caramelized Onions and Soft-Cooked Eggs
Pork: Bring on the bacon! Because pigs root forward while they forage for food (as opposed to cows, who stand still, or chickens, who scratch backwards), pork in all forms is enjoyed by many hoping to embrace the challenges and adventures that await in the coming year.
Recipe to try: Jamie Deen’s Roast Pork Loin with Sausage, Figs, and Fresh Herbs
Long Noodles: Signifying longevity in Asian culture, a stir-fry of unbroken noodles is a tradition believed to bring good health and luck in the New Year. Those who can eat at least one long noodle without chewing or breaking it are said to enjoy the longest lives and best luck of all!
Recipe to try: Sheila Lukins’s Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce
Lentils: Resembling tiny coins, the custom of enjoying lentils in the New Year is a common Italian tradition said to bring wealth.
Recipe to try: Slow Cooker Veggie Lentil Stew
Cornbread: Golden yellow and inarguably delicious, cornbread is especially popular in the South. Because it’s color is similar to that of gold, this bread is enjoyed by those hopeful for a prosperous year.
Recipe to try: Country Cornbread
Round Foods: Cakes, pastries, cookies, and round fruits like clementines are often enjoyed on New Year’s Day as their shape signifies that the old year has come to a close and the New Year holds the promise of a fresh start.
Recipe to try: Orange-Scented Olive Oil Cake
Whole Fish: In Chinese culture, serving fish whole (both head and tail intact) symbolizes prosperity, abundance, and a good year to come (from start to finish!)
What foods do you eat for good luck in the New Year? Share your traditions with us in the comments below!
New Year signifies a new beginning. Flipping open a fresh calendar, with its 12 pristine, as-yet-unmarked months, is perhaps one of the most universally hopeful acts we humans perform: finally, a chance to shrug off a year’s worth of worries, conflicts, and mistakes; finally, a chance to start over. It’s no wonder we all welcome the holiday with such enthusiasm. Today, most of us welcome in the new year by having a party of some sort. While that’s not too far off from exactly what some of our ancient ancestors were doing when their calendars changed, we can count ourselves lucky that there’s now more drinking and less child sacrifice, royal humiliation, ritual plowing, and hiding from evil spirits. Check these ancient traditions out and be glad we have settled nicely in a horn toot and kiss at the strike of midnight!
Whatever you chose to do to ring in the new year. Spending it quietly at home or out raging and causing public humiliation, please remember, be safe, be smart and above all…. BE HAPPY!
The Adler Home Team