New Year’s Feast – What Are Your Traditions?!

New Year’s Feast. Traditions.

The time to celebrate the start of something new. To reflect upon the past year. To wonder what the new year will bring. And to

This week, I have been working hard on goals for 2011.

(When I was a kid, 2011 seemed like a year only found in science fiction books. Odd that it’s already here and there are no flying cars or microwaves-like appliances that turn a tiny speck into a full size pizza in a matter of seconds. Like in Back to the Future 2, or was it 3?!)

I’ve been working on personal goals, business goals, blogging goals, financial goals and parenting goals. One of the main reasons I have been working on these goals…I will soon be put to the test. You see, Steve’s family has this “goals and highlights” tradition that they share during the New Year’s Day feast. And the first time I shared in a NY day feast, I very much felt like I was going to fail this test!

This year, I won’t fail. I’ll be ready with all my goals!

Food Traditions.

Lest we forget food traditions. Whether you’re from the north, south, east, west, or somewhere in between, you probably have a New Year’s Day food tradition. I remember my parents telling me that if I ate a black-eyed pea during the NY day feast, then I’d have luck for the coming year.  I believed it. Until I had kids of my own, and realized that this was probably just a line they were feeding me to get me to eat my bland, bland, bland, bland black eyed peas!

Or maybe not.  Maybe they really do bring luck.

Black-eyed peas. Sauerkraut. Sharing goals. Reflecting on the highlights. Black-eyed peas.

What are your family traditions for the New Year?! What foods do you always have at your New Year’s feast?! What conversations do you have around the table at the start of the new year?!


  1. says

    I used to make Hoppin John every year for New Years but when I got married that changed because my husband hates balck eyed peas. I have not fully decided what I am going to do this year yet. Option #1 is Cabbage Rolls, I have a good crockpot recipe for these that is very easy to do; if I am tired from New Year’s Eve I’ll make these.. Option #2 is Ham Steaks, Cheese Grits, and Collard Greens. I will make the ham dinner if I feel like having a more formal dinner.

  2. Stacey B says

    Pork and boiled cabbage and kielbasa & sauerkraut
    When we were stationed in Texas, we were laughed at for eating the kraut and were told to eat black eyed peas instead ~ no thanks!! :)

  3. says

    On New Year’s Eve we have a fondue dinner followed by Chocolate fondue for dessert. It is a slow meal that is perfect for an extended dinner party. While we are waiting for midnight we list our favorite memories from the year. I then take all the sheets and create a mini-time capsule.

    On New Year’s Day I serve Hoppin’ John and Greens. I sneak some of the leftover steak from the fondue into the Hoppin’ John – YUM!

    If you don’t like plain black-eyed peas, you might like this dip (I want you all to have good luck in 2011!): You can serve it with chips while watching the game.

  4. cathi carpenter says

    our tradition, and I have no idea why, but we eat pickled herring. I LOVE it …so does my husband…our son…ahhhhhhhhhh not so much… “EWWWW GROSS!” But of course the boy eats sushi and sashmi like it’s going outta style..haha!

  5. Brenda Colpetzer says

    we eat pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes. We also hide a dime in the kraut whoever finds it will not be broke for the remainder of the year. They maybe seriously bent but not broke

  6. Linda B says

    The New Year’s goals is a great tradition. My husband’s family did that as well every New Year. It was also hard for me because that was something I never did. NOW – I have continued this with my husband and kids and my husband’s family no longer does it. I think it is great to think about what you want to accomplish for the next year. It has helped me tremendously with accomplishing more. Happy New Year!

  7. says

    We always make predictions for the new year and we read the ones we made the year before. We stick to mostly fun things, although my husband has a habit of predicting gas prices (he predicted $3/gallon last year and was right). It’s a fun way to think back over the year and remember how the kids have grow, the adventures we’ve had etc.

  8. Barbara says

    You inspired me this year, Erin! Just finished enjoying NY dinner with my three sons (ages 18, 21 and 25). For the first time ever, I asked them about their goals for the new year, and shared my own. My Vision Board has been in place for over a month now, but it was fun sharing my personal hopes and dreams for the New Year with my children, and hearing some of theirs. Each year, I strive to make a special meal for New Year’s Day. Although the meal is different each and every year due to my creative side, I always make it memorable. For 2011, I made Curried Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts, Cajun Squash, Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Iced Tea, and Raspberry Walnut Torte. Many blessings in the New Year!


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