Happy New Year!

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When I was a kid, New Year’s Eve was a blast.  Staying up, waiting for that ball in Time Square to drop, watching the countdown on the clock was unreal.  Then when the clock struck midnight and Au Lang Syne would play, we would scream, “Happy New Year!” to everyone in the house.  One phone call after the other of neighbors and family members wishing us a Happy New Year.  And grandpa always called right at midnight.  Mom would have eggnog ready, poured in champagne glasses.  Then we would toast the New Year.  Oh, it was so much fun!
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After the bringing in of the New Year there was always the traditional New Year’s meal, for us at least.  Collard greens, black eyed peas, and some type of meat – usually pork.  Neckbones or pig feet always graced the table.  Yams, rice, you name it.  If you research these traditions, many might not have the same dishes or they may have similar ones for different reasons.  My family didn’t eat certain foods for luck or prosperity, but it was just the tradition.  They ate the foods that our people grew up on. 

As we grew, many of those traditions changed.  At some point, daddy started attending Watch Night services and then as I got older, I fell asleep long before that ball dropped.  Later we started having our own New Year’s Day services in the morning.  No matter which phase of tradition I was in, I have enjoyed them all.

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This New Year’s Eve, mom and I watched the movie, "Cinderalla Man" and later watched that ball drop together.  There’s nothing magical about the ball in Times Square, but when the clock struck 12, I was overcome with a type of joy.  2013 for me was full of so many challenges.  This time last year, I really can’t recall if I watched the ball drop or what was even happening that day or even that month, but today I remember.  I am so thankful to be here.  Thankful to see the close of one year and the fresh start of a new one.  Thankful to be able to share that special moment with my mom.  As the confetti sprinkled across the crowds of people in New York, my mom whispered, “We made it.”  And indeed we did, by God’s grace.

So, I want to wish you, my fellow readers, a very Happy New Year.  Thank you for sticking with me through my many phases of life this year.  Here’s looking forward to a wonderful 2014!

p.s.  Do you have any New Year's traditions?

Happy New Year,

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  1. A very Happy New Year to you and your family Libby! Here's to a fabulous 2014!!!

  2. Happy New Year Libby!!! It has been a few years since I made it to the ball dropping! LOL. Our family tradition when we were young was to go to the local Chinese restaurant and out to the movies. That stopped sometime during our teens when my brothers in I lost interest in hanging out with the family. :) I still love the feeling of being refreshed that a new year gives us all!

  3. Dear Libby, a happy 2014! Wish you all the luckxxx

  4. Happy new year, Libby. Hope 2014 is a peaceful and happy year for you.

  5. Happy New Year, sweet Libby! I have missed you, friend, and I have missed visiting your blog. I do hope you enjoyed your Christmas and may you have a blessed New Year. Hugs to you!

  6. Happy New Year!! I wish you all the best for 2014 my friend.
    Traditions at my place are two. First of them we share it with the rest of Spaniards and it's eating 12 grapes along the 12 bell chimes at midnight. The second one is getting up early, get chores done and watch the Eurovision New Year's Concert from Vienna on tv. We like to imagine we are in the concert hall dressed prettily and we dream that maybe next year we can be there for real. It's a bright and cheerful start of the year!


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