No matter if you are from the West or from deep in the South, New Year’s Day is deep rooted in family traditions. Here are some great ways to spend your New Year’s Day celebrations.
New Years Day Black Eyed Peas:
If you are one of those people who love traditions, you might be one who eats Black Eyed Peas on New Years day. This is a long tradition of the South that has resonated through the years. There is something about nostalgia as we sit down to our New Year’s Dinner. What dinner would be complete without the Black Eyed Peas? No matter the type of cuisine you love, having the black eyed peas during your New Year’s tradition are for many known as a good luck sign.
What to Watch on New Year’s Day:
Rose Bowl is traditionally held on New Year’s Day. For college football fans, this is as much apart of their New Year’s traditions as black eyed peas. Whether you are an Ohio State fan or a Florida Gator’s fan, all fans tune in to California’s famous Rose Bowl, followed by the Rose Parade. New Year’s Day is football, football, and more football!
What to Eat:
Traditionally in the South, good ole home cooking is served on New Year’s Day. That means, cornbread, greens as in collard greens, pinto beans, and all the fixing’s. Of course, for every household, the way they fix these home cooked meals is different; the foundation is still the same.
Favorite Activities on New Year’s Day:
Here are a few favorite things to do on New Year’s Day. No matter if it is simple or heading out on the town, use this list to create a memorable day with your family and friends. As the New Year begins, try creating new traditions with your family and friends.
Football – This is a given, I know. Football is engraved into New Year’s Day traditions.
Go Rollerblading – Depending on the weather, head outdoors with the family and don on your rollerblades. This is not only great exercise but is fun for the whole family.
Play Cards – Several fun games to play are: Oh Heck, Phase 10, and Uno.
Watch the Tournament of Rose Parade-there is nothing more fun that watching the beautifully arranged flowers on the Rose Parade.
Cook a Big Meal-As with New Year’s Tradition, having a large meal, is a famous in the south and isn’t complete without black eyed peas.
Make Snack Foods– This is a great way to enjoy the football games. Make up some quick snacky foods, and enjoy the day without cooking the big traditional meals.
Take two bags of Chex Mex. Now add in the peanuts. This is not only low fat, but is delicious to eat.
We like to make up a large platef full of sandwhiches and let everyone help themselves throught the day. Just place your meat and cheese in between two pieces of bread. After you make each sandwhich, cut in half and place on a large plate.
No matter what foods are your favorite, the important thing is making the most out of your day. Whether you eat the famous black eyed peas with all the fixings; or you watch the Rose Bowl-the important thing is being with friends and family.