Black-eyed peas? No.
Clean house? Yes.
The way I always hope to ring in the New Year is with a clean house, and therefore a clear mind. This superstition comes from my Nana, who at midnight every year would hold money (we're not just talking about $5 or $10, she would hit the bank to have at least $100 for her, and any loved ones who were with her) in her hand to ensure a prosperous new year. That tradition is carried on by me (as are the mini-weinies we eat every New Year's Eve), but it has transformed itself into a bigger belief of how you start the New Year can set the tone for the entire year. I always try to clear up the post-Christmas clutter and do some spring-cleaning in December.
So, for the last few days I have been bringing bags of garbage to the curb -- some of it good ol' American excess, some of it months of build up in the office, bedroom, etc. etc.
And while we're on the subject, I have simplified my resolution into this: Live healthy.
I wish you a happy and healthy (and prosperous) New Year.
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