How to Ensure a Happy New Year

Some people believe that the things they do on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day will influence or set a pattern for the rest of the year. Me, I’m not superstitious. But just in case you want to hedge your bets, here are some common (and uncommon) beliefs.

Before midnight

  • Make sure your home contains plenty of food and money. Empty pockets or cupboards on New Year’s Eve may usher in a year of poverty.
  • If the new year begins with debt, you will continue to owe for the rest of the year. Write and mail out checks for household bills and settle personal debts prior to midnight.

    At the stroke of midnight

    • Open all the doors so the old year can escape and the new year may enter.
    • Make loud noises to scare away evil spirits.
    • Kiss those dearest to you to ensure their affection will continue another 12 months.
    • Jumping up and down at midnight will cause you to grow taller.
    • Eating 12 grapes (one for each month) will ensure a good year.
    • If you live alone, you can ensure a lucky year by putting a coin in a basket that has a string tied to it, then placing the basket just outside your front door. After midnight, pull the string to bring the basket inside (don’t just reach out to retrieve it; that would cancel the luck).

    After midnight

    • Good fortune will be yours if the first person to cross your threshold in the new year is a tall, dark haired, good looking man (if the first to enter is blond, redheaded or female, bad luck will follow). A man with a high instep, or one riding a horse, is considered particularly lucky. He should be carrying gifts including a silver coin, a sprig of evergreen, a lump of coal, a chunk of bread and a bit of salt.
    • The first person to enter must not be cross-eyed, flat footed or have eyebrows that meet in the middle.
    • Drink the last dregs of a bottle used to celebrate the new year and good fortune will be yours.
    • Wind up all the clocks and you will endow the house with good fortune.

    On New Year’s Day

    • Absolutely nothing, not even garbage, can be taken out of your home on the first day of the year. Don’t sweep as much as a speck of dust or you might sweep good luck from the house.
    • Washing dishes and doing laundry on this day will lead to a death in the family during the year.
    • Eating black-eyed peas will bring both good luck and money.
    • Dancing in the open air (especially around a tree) will ensure luck in love, prosperity and health throughout the year.
    • Wear something new to increase the likelihood of more new garments during the year. If you wear something red, you’ll have happiness all the year round.
    • Do not pay back loans or lend money or other precious items on New Year’s Day. To do so is to guarantee you’ll be paying out all year.
    • A token amount of work on first day of the year means advancement in your career but starting a serious work project is very unlucky.
    • Handle things with care; if you break anything on the first day, you’ll face a year of wreckage.
    • Be of good cheer. Crying on the first day ensures a year filled with sadness.

    Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2008. Happy New Year!

    Photo from Oriental Trading Company

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    8 Responses to How to Ensure a Happy New Year

    1. Olivier says:

      très amusant les canards de la bonne année (en France c’est plus tôt une dinde). Meilleurs voeux en cette année 2008

      Very funny ducks of good years (in France it is a turkey for the end of the year). Best wishes in the year 2008


    2. Hi Annula,
      I like your moving to worldpress the “blog” looks good to me….
      I thank you for sharing you great photography words/writing with me on this blog, you are really an inspirational person to me:)

      I wish you a warm, happy, creative and healthy 2008, thank you for visiting my blog in 2007, I hope to see you back in 2008.Take care:)

      Happy greetings from JoAnn (Holland)


    3. moi says:

      this post has to be one of its kind 🙂

      I love the snow flakes on your blog, Annulla 🙂 Have a beautiful 2008


    4. photowannabe says:

      Hi Annulla, Just wanted to wish you the very best 2008 possible.
      The list of superstitions is really something. Thanks goodness I’m not superstitious. Looking forward to your interesting posts this coming year.


    5. OMG, what an interesting and hilarious post.

      I started my New Year’s Eve in Montreal with an old friend. I had lots of money in the pocket because I had just gone to the bank to withdraw some Canadian dollars. We did a lot of sight-seeing, went back to the apartment and cooked dinner, had some friends come over for dinner, watched the New Year celebration at Niagara Falls on Canadian TV, and then finally went out to the clubs and danced until 3 AM in the morning.

      Now dark handsome man but I can’t complain.


    6. He he… i think I am going straight to hell! I did a lot of cleaning up on New Year’s day, plus so many things forbidden on your list.
      And yep, like Ming, no dark handsome man. But I complain!


    7. Er… see what I meant? I even forgot to wish a Very Happy 2008!! unbelievable. 😉


    8. BIB says:

      Excellent blog – really useful too. Glad the move worked out.

      Will recommend Blather to visiting friends and family.


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