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My New Year’s Traditional Food

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve. I rushed right home from work to put on my fancy red sequinned sweater and my western boots because my husband had promised me a fun evening. He didn’t disappoint me.


I’ve been thinking about various New Year’s traditions and thought it might be fun to see where the ones my family has always observed originated. I was raised eating black-eyed peas and new potatoes with ham for breakfast on New Year’s Day. I don’t know why Mom always said they should be breakfast, but it’s stuck in my head now, so that’s what I do. I cook it just like ham and beans.

Black-eyed peas symbolize humility and future wealth. Ham or pork in general represents good luck and prosperity. I wasn’t able to find any official documentation for the new potato tradition. My only source of information regarding this item is my mother. Mom said new potatoes symbolize new beginnings.

I’ve been eating these lucky dishes my entire life. I feel like I’ve been lucky and my life is pretty good, so I will continue to eat my traditional New Year’s food. Do you have any New Year’s food traditions? However you celebrate, I hope you have a great New Year!

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