It is funny how traditions trickle from one generation to the next. My parents each have separate New Year’s traditions that I have always loved. I remember doing them as a child, and now I like teaching them and doing them with my own children. People talk a lot about Christmas traditions, but what about New Year’s traditions?
Poor Bryce, married into a family with the strangest family traditions. Lucky for me, he just goes with the flow. Even though they may not make very much sense to him.
The following are a few of my family’s New Year’s traditions:
- Wear brand new clothes on New Year’s day. This tradition I have had a hard time keeping up with, but I love watching my parents buy new clothes and showing off their new outfits on New Year’s Day! This tradition is to help you look clean and put together all year long.
- Eat 12 Grapes – This is a tradition in Spain, my mom wanted to celebrate. You eat one grape for each stroke at midnight to give you 12 months of good luck!
- New Years Toast – We like to toast to new beginnings and wish well to all our loved ones. We also use toasts to celebrate the year we are leaving behind.
- Put money on the windowsill – This brings good fortune to your family all year round. We also hope it brings us fortune to do a little extra things for fun in 2018!
- Clean House – This tradition is said to help get your businesses in order for the new year. We spent the last month cleaning out our house and organizing closets to make sure we were ready for order in the new year! A clean house = a happy family!
- Walking around the neighborhood with luggage – This tradition is said to bring your family adventure with traveling in the new year. Last year we did this, and we were able to fly to Indiana as a family for my brother’s graduation! In addition, we went to New Port Beach, Pine-top, and several weekend family getaways. Who knows where we will go this year!
- Wear yellow underpants – This brings good luck all year round.
- Eat fish – Fish cannot swim backwards, all they do is move forward.
I hope you enjoy these fun New Year’s traditions! What are some you do?