welcome, 2017

We made it! A brand new year, 365 days, waiting for us to make into something that’s uniquely ours. I love this day and its traditions. I look forward to the annual burning ceremony, the start of a new gratitude jar, and of course the food! Although not particularly superstitious, I do like to fill myself with as much good luck food as possible on New Years Day. Breakfast was a bagel (round food, shaped like coins = prosperity), and then lunch featured a melange of cultural traditions: long noodles for long life and sauerkraut, peas, and carrot coins, all again for prosperity.

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James had to work, so his traditional PA Dutch new years meal of pork (fatty meat to ensure plenty to eat all year long) and sauerkraut simmered in the slow cooker all afternoon. For my own vegetarian dinner, I had another cultural mishmash of lentils (their coin-like appearance is to bring more wealth) and collard greens with hot sauce.

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If nothing else, we at least start the new year with happy bellies. 🙂

Today also marks the last day of Holidailies 2016. Many thanks to all who stopped by my blog space during the past month, as well as to the organizers of this annual holiday tradition. I wish you all peace and joy and hope to see you again here soon!

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