I packed a can of sauerkraut in my luggage.
I’ll be gone over New Year’s and worried that I wouldn’t be able to eat sauerkraut on New Year’s Day– a German tradition my husband and I take very seriously every year. Eating sauerkraut on New Year’s Day is supposed to bring prosperity in the new year. We’re eating our sauerkraut, Prosperity gods! Show us the money!
Some Latin New Year’s Eve traditions were mentioned in the Kroger mymagazine we got in the mail. We might have to incorporate a few of these, too:
1. Dressing in all white on New Year’s Eve. This Brazilian tradition is a reminder to look at the coming year as a clean slate, filled with possibilities.
2. In Mexico, it’s tradition to place a woolly stuffed lamb by the front door. It’s supposed to bring wealth and money. I think it will only bring angst at my house. My dog loves stuffed animals.
3. Eat 12 grapes at midnight. We saw Gloria do this on an episode of Modern Family. You must eat one grape for each stroke of the clock at midnight before the last bell tolls. If you can do that, you’ll have good luck all year long.
4. Stroll with a suitcase. In Mexico and Colombia, people drag out their suitcases and walk around the block. Making a circle with a suitcase in tow ensures plenty of opportunities for travel and adventure in the new year. I’m doing this one!!
5. Hide cash around the house. The act itself is supposed to bring good luck, and you’ll find hidden money throughout the new year. (Unless this backfires and you don’t.)
6. Hold some silver. In some countries, they believe it’s good luck to hold some silver in your hand as the clock strikes twelve.
7. Toss a bucket of water. In Cuba, New Year’s Eve is a time to wash away the past. It’s a time for cleansing, so they take a bucket of water and toss it out the door at midnight to welcome in a fresh clean year.
So, I’ll be spending my New Year’s Eve wearing white, hauling my suitcase behind me as I hold silver in one hand and 12 grapes to gobble at midnight in the other. Then, New Year’s Day I’ll be savoring my sauerkraut and all the wealth it’s sure to bring me in the new year.
What will you be doing?