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December 31, 2009 - Kim Collette
Christmas is over and New Year's Eve is upon us.  Can you believe 2010 is right around the corner?  It's time to celebrate the new year, make resolutions you won't keep and follow all those crazy superstitions!

I started thinking about crazy superstitions on Christmas Eve while visiting my grandmother.  She's 88 years old and definitely from the "old school."  She, like she does every year, reminds my dad, brother and I to remember certain things for the new year.  We are told to eat "green" on New Year's Day to make sure we have money coming in to us all year.  We are told not to eat any form of chicken so that we don't have to "scratch like a chicken" for food in the new year.  And lastly, she reminds us not to hang a calendar for the new year until January 1, or we will have bad luck for that year. 

When I tell people about "Grandma's Rules" they are usually met with quizzical looks.  So this year I decided to see what Google offered up if I searched New Year's Superstitions.  I mostly found the same ones on every website I visited. 

There was of course "kiss at midnight".  Kissing your true love at midnight ensures that you will live in love and happiness with that person the rest of the year.  No kiss?  You are destined for a year of coldness.  Lucky for me, my boyfriend is home for the holiday!

An odd one I found was "don't cry." Don't cry on the first day of the year.  If you do, you better stock up on the Kleenex, because the rest of the year your eyes will leak tears. other words...don't shed any tears if the Bucks don't beat the Ducks, or you may be crying the rest of the year!

"Make noise!" Grab your noisemakers and set off the fireworks!  Apparently, evil spirits do not like loud noises.  The superstition says to make a lot of noise to scare the evil spirits away for the new year.

Another superstition I found was "don't wash".  The theory is that if you wash clothes on the 1st, a family member will die during the upcoming year.  Some go as far as saying don't even do dishes or you will "wash away" a family member. are safe with me!  Doing laundry or dishes....or any housework for that matter just doesn't sound like a fun holiday!

People "don't let anything leave the house,"things such as money, jewelry, precious items or other invaluable things.  This is to make sure nothing goes out of the home during the year.  One superstition said to not even take the garbage out of the house!  Now...that is one superstition that my boyfriend will have NO problem with!

One New Year's Eve superstition said to "dance".  Dance in the open air, especially around a tree, on New Year's Day and that will ensure you luck in love, prosperity, and freedom from ill health during the next 12 months.  I am no Ginger Rogers, but this sounds like a good one to follow!  It knocks out 3 biggies in one little dance!

While searching these crazy superstitions I found over 20 different ones!  Unfortunately, I didn't come across any of my grandmothers.  But...the funny thing crazy as her superstitions seem to be to my brother and I ....they are no more crazy than the ones I found online.  And, you know what?  I have followed "Grandma's Rules" every year since I can remember and I see no reason to stop now!  They are definitely 3 things I will never forget that she taught me!

Until next time friends!

I want to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year!


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