Happy New Year 2014!

We’re back to blogging! The daily posts will begin again. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful and safe holiday. Our family welcomed the new year with the traditional Southern meal of ham, skillet cornbread, black-eyed peas, and collard greens. The symbolism varies, I believe, from state to state. Most agree that the collards and peas represent wealth as paper money and coins, respectively. The ham (or other cut of pork) is said to represent health by some, humbleness by others. The cornbread is said to remind us to be humble. We also enjoyed scalloped potatoes and sweet corn and for dessert we had a mixed berry pie. Do you enjoy a special tradition on new year’s day? Feel free to share it here!

The new year also makes me think of the Chinese zodiac. While I’m not really into horoscopes, I do enjoy reading about the animals of the zodiac and the ‘personality traits’ represented by each one. 2014 is the Year of the Horse. You can check out some information about it here, if you’re interested.

And in closing, I’d like to leave you with this short Irish blessing for the coming new year.

“May you be blessed with warmth in your home, love in your heart, peace in your soul, and joy in your life.” ~ Irish blessing

Our traditional Southern New Year meal of ham, black-eyed peas, cornbread, collard greens, and also scalloped potatoes and corn. Photo by Melody Kittles and used with permission.

Our traditional Southern New Year meal of ham, black-eyed peas, cornbread, collard greens, and also scalloped potatoes and corn. Photo by Melody Kittles and used with permission.

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