New Year’s Day Traditions

by Emma W.R. on December 30, 2016


1I am big on creating traditions that my children will treasure and share when they have kids of their own.  New Year’s Day is the perfect opportunity to start new traditions. 

Once my whole family is awake, I usually make a special breakfast that includes waffles, eggs and bacon with cinnamon rolls for dessert.  We all pig out in front of the television watching the parade and discussing our New Year’s resolution.  Then each of us writes down this resolution and we put them in a sealed envelope to be opened the following New Year’s Eve.  Like most people, we find that none of us were able to stick by them for an entire year.

After the cleanup from breakfast, we all trek out for an adventure.  Depending on the weather, we spend the day hiking in the mountains or skating at the local outdoor rink.  Starting the year with a fun adventure adds hope for a year of adventure and excitement.

Once we finally get home, it is time for some New Year’s dinner that includes special foods to promote a positive year.  I make cooked greens to represent money, noodles to represent longevity and cornbread to represent gold.  We always eat pork for New Year’s because it is the symbol of progress.  For dessert, we have ice cream with pomegranate because pomegranates signify the heart and good health.

Finally, at night we all sit around the fire and recap our favorite memories of the year before and express our wishes for the New Year.

New Year’s Day traditions will help ring in an uplifting year of hope.

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Lisa May 8, 2018 at 11:43 am

New Years day is a day for relaxing and doing absolutely nothing!


Ajanaye Fleming September 14, 2017 at 12:28 pm

We usually have a New Years Day brunch, which allows all the adults to re-cooperate after a long night of partying.


Marrianne July 6, 2017 at 3:32 pm

New Year’s Eve always seems so phony, but New Year’s Day is cause for a big family dinner.


Derrek February 8, 2017 at 3:26 pm

Love the whole day!! It is so important to pass on traditions and make memories with your kids. Before you know it, they’re out of the house! The pomegranate idea reminds me of a Greek tradition. Cool. My family’s Columbian and we have tradition of running really fast around the house with a suitcase in hand. Sounds crazy, I know. It’s supposed to ensure a year of traveling!


Marie January 31, 2017 at 12:34 pm

When my children were small they will stay up, have pigs in a blanket and bang pots and pans to tell the neighbors Happy New Year.


Marie January 31, 2017 at 12:33 pm

When my children were small they will stay up, have pigs in a blanket and bang pots and pans to tell the neighbors Happy New Year. Great memories and great fun.


Lani January 27, 2017 at 12:39 pm

For New Year’s Day I like to have a big open house for friends and family with appetizers. We all gather, relax and celebrate the new year.


Harriet January 23, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Food seems to be a big theme for holidays. My family also does a breakfast. A late one though because we sleep in! Cinnamon buns are always the one request everyone has then we change up th rest of the menu each year. Sometimes waffles, pancakes, muffins, omelette station….depends on what we feel like.


Polly January 20, 2017 at 9:47 am

I am always too tired by New Year’s Eve from all the other holidays. I wind up sleeping in all day!


Shea January 17, 2017 at 10:12 am

New Year’s Eve/Day is the finale to the long holiday season. I like to really celebrate and start the year off right with friends and family.


Jane January 16, 2017 at 9:58 am

I sleep in until noon on New Year’s Eve so I can make it to the parties at night. We usually visit a few different family members and end up out all night long.


Jolene January 10, 2017 at 10:28 am

I became more into the holidays when having kids. It is more meaningful to celebrate with them.


Cathy January 10, 2017 at 9:10 am

Sounds like you guys do a lot of eating! I approve!


Rowena January 9, 2017 at 2:56 pm

We do a special breakfast too. Has been a tradition since we moved into our new home several years ago.


Margery January 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm

New Year’s Eve has never been that big of a deal for me. I’m not the type to go out late so it usually is just a day for me to relax.


Jordan January 9, 2017 at 11:01 am

We all go out ice skating with the whole extended family. It has been our tradition for decades – since before I was a kid. It is really fun for us to all get together and get out.


April January 9, 2017 at 10:27 am

My town has fireworks on New Years Eve. We can see them from our apartment so we don’t even have to go out in the cold. It is really nice!


Elias January 9, 2017 at 9:57 am

We usually do a big brunch New Years Day. Everyone sleeps in after being up all night then family and friends come over. Lots of fun!


Eli January 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

I hope the rest of the year your family eats a bit fewer calories than your New Year’s feast.


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