Holiday Closing and New Year Traditions
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2021 flew by and 2022 is fast approaching. Should you find yourself in a glue-mergency this holiday season we will still be available to help!
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Holidays are wrapped in traditions, both with family and friends. We took a look at some of the most famous traditions to ring in the new year!! And hey, we can all use a little lucky tradition, right? Grab your white sweater and 12 grapes and enjoy!
- The tradition of Black Eyed Peas started in the southern states of America – It’s said that anyone who makes this dish of black-eyed peas, pork and rice on January 1st will experience luck and peace for the rest of the year. And maybe prosperity, too: According to History.com, “Hoppin’ John was, and still is, often eaten with collard greens, which can resemble paper money, and ‘golden’ cornbread. The peas themselves represent coins. Some families boost the potential of their Hoppin’ John by placing a penny underneath the dishes — or adding extra pork, which is thought to bring more luck.”
- Wearing white! In Brazil, the tradition is to bring in the New Year wearing white for peace and prosperity.
- Also in Brazil, if you head to the beach, you can increase your luck by heading to the water and jumping over seven waves. You get one wish for each wave. (Where is the nearest ocean?)
- In Denmark, broken dishes are a good thing — people go around breaking dishware on the doorsteps of their friends and family. The more shards there are in front of your home the next day, the luckier and more well-liked you are.
- Eat 12 grapes – one at each stroke of midnight. That’s what they do in Spain. According to Atlas Obscura: “Eating one grape at each of midnight’s 12 clock chimes guarantees you a lucky year. If you fail to conscientiously finish your grapes by the time the clock stops chiming, you’ll face misfortune in the new year.”
- Smooch! When the clock strikes midnight, you’re supposed to kiss someone you love. It’s not just about stealing a smooch. According to the Washington Post, this is borrowed from English and German folklore, which stated that it’s “the first person with whom a person came in contact that dictated the year’s destiny.” Choose your partner wisely!
- In upstate New York, they sell special peppermint pigs all throughout the holiday season. Everyone gets to take a turn hitting it with a special candy-size hammer and eating a piece for good fortune in the coming year. The peppermint is very strong, so only take a small piece — but at least you’ll start the year with fresh breath!
- Keep the Windows Open. Doors too! It’s a common superstition that opening the doors and windows will let the old year out, and the new year in unimpeded.
- Choose your underwear carefully. Certain countries, especially in Latin America, believe that the color of your underwear can bring good things to you in the next 12 months. Yellow is for luck, red is for love and white undies bring peace.
- Throw Water out the Window. Look out below! In Puerto Rico, they believe that dumping a bucket of water out the window drives away evil spirits. They also sprinkle sugar outside their houses to invite good luck in.
All of us at CGM wish you and your families a very special holiday season. Thank you for making 2021 wonderful and we look forward to 2022 with you!