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Old 12-30-2011, 05:18 PM   #21
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2011? I take it one day at a time.
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No plans for New Year's Eve, but I'll be running a 5K race with a friend on New Year's Day.
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No plans for New Year's Eve, but I'll be running a 5K race with a friend on New Year's Day.
One of the most fun times I've had on New Year's Eve was a 10K around a reservoir (or maybe a lake?) in the San Fernando Valley back in the 1980s. It began at the stroke of midnight, and everyone was being very silly. At one point, I caught up to a group of about 5 or 6 who were each carrying several bottles of champagne. They were passing the bottles to everyone around them. You took a swig or two and continued your run. At the end of the race, it was just a huge party in the parking lot. A most memorable night!

Now, I just have one small ritual. My father's forebears came from northern Germany, and the tradition they brought with them is that everyone must have a piece of pickled herring on New Year's Day (not Eve) for good luck in the coming year. I've been doing that since I was a toddler, except when it was unavailable to me.

I know some people have a tradition of eating Hoppin' John on New Year's Day, but I don't know of any other food-related traditions related to this day.
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Heh...I'm just thrilled to have survived 2011. ...but it ain't over yet.
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We are not big drinkers but we usually get some sort of champagne or something like that for NYE. I like to be home for the event rather than out there with questionable drivers. I love to watch Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin in Times Square. She always makes him giggle.

Our nearest city has a "First Night" event that is family friendly and alcohol free. I've never gone to it but our son (audio tech) has worked the event for a few years.
First Night Akron

I look back at 2011 and some majorly horrible things happened and in a way everything has changed, forever. But I'm an optimist and I feel like overall it's still been a good year. I'm ready for 2012!
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I know some people have a tradition of eating Hoppin' John on New Year's Day, but I don't know of any other food-related traditions related to this day.
southern tradition: blackeyed peas and turnip/collard greens. The peas are for future coins and greens are for dollar bills. Tradition says the more you eat, the more you earn. Always worked for me.
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I'm going on a 14 mile, 4k elevation gain hike New Year's Eve day (the same hike I did Christmas Eve). That night my partner and I will probably make dinner and watch DVDs. If I'm awake at midnight it will be because I have to pee.

New Year's Day we are going to a friend's house for brunch.
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No plan this year. I just came back from Europe and, with the jet lag, I doubt I'll be able to keep my eyes open until midnight.
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southern tradition: blackeyed peas and turnip/collard greens. The peas are for future coins and greens are for dollar bills. Tradition says the more you eat, the more you earn. Always worked for me.
Yes, that is one of the variants of Hoppin' John (there are many).

Hoppin' John - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Another variant is the Brazilian version called feijoada, using black beans instead of black-eyed peas. When I lived in Brazil for a few years in the 1980s, this was a traditional Sunday dinner and festive occasion meal.
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I am glad plenty of people also have problems staying awake late, not just this geezer-before-his-time.

Talk about a long dinner, a few years ago, on a trip to Seattle, I made a reservation at this place that served a 9-course prix fixe dinner. It was not that exclusive, and still would have been the most expensive dinner that we ever had, but the price included wine pairing with each course, so that would not be too bad.

Then, I changed my mind and canceled. I was afraid I would have problems staying up that late, and then had to drive back to the hotel (this place was a few miles to the NE of downtown). The establishment had an inn with nice rooms, which would allow us to walk to bed after dinner. But when I added the room charge to the meal cost, the frugal in me tightened up his wallet :-) This was not during any holiday. My wife also said that at that price, she would not enjoy the experience either. She does not even drink wine!

I guess one of these days, we will have to "do it", just for the heck of it.
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With our new lifestyle, we now stay up until 11 anyway, so maybe we should go for midnight.
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southern tradition: blackeyed peas and turnip/collard greens. The peas are for future coins and greens are for dollar bills. Tradition says the more you eat, the more you earn. Always worked for me.
I've added another tradition to the above. Beano.
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I stopped at the neighborhood butcher shop today and picked up a couple lucious 1.5" thick USDA Prime ribeye steaks and some jumbo prawns to grill over the coals New Years Eve. Then we'll sit around and enjoy our usual Saturday night show on RFD-TV, then tune into Willie Nelson's NYE concert from Austin,TX on Sirius!!! Then we'll turn on the TV to watch the ball drop in NYC!

New Years Day will be a feeding frenzy for us! I'll be fixing breakfast fairly early, so we will be hungry by noon when we head down to the monthly community meal (turkey dinner) at the Episcopal Church. Then for the evening meal, I'm fixing Hoppin' John and cornbread!!!
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Tonight we will celebrate DW's 60th. shhh... She does not yet know. We will have a paella (rabbit and snail), langostinos, ceviche, and some Venezuelan holiday dishes (hallacas and pan de jamon). Joining her will be 25 friends & family, including her sister who flew in from Frankfurt, her brothers will skype from Venezuela. Mariachi's will come by at 9 to serenade her.
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Today would have been my parents' 60th wedding anniversary, if they were still alive. So I will raise a glass and toast them, and remember some of the celebrations of years past.
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Same here, no plan this year. Will stay home, have a nice bottle of wine. Will try to stay awake until midnight...
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We are having a large family party (no different than any other weekend). We start having drinks and watching the sunset over the Pacific. We will have dinner at around 11pm and then drinking and dancing till dawn , when we watch the sunrise over the Andes. We have several traditions here:
1. All the girls wear yellow thongs and make sure every guy in the room is aware.
2. At Midnight we toast with champagne and you must eat 12 grapes (same as Spain).
3. If you wish to travel (in the new year) you must walk around the block 3 times (at midnight) carrying your luggage!
4. Fire works! They start at midnight on Christmas eve and continue every night till the finale tonight.
5. We have lentils every Monday for lunch (year round) as it is supposed to bring luck.
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Don't go out anymore because it is amateur hour on the road. We do have a couple that will come over. Wife is serving a honey baked ham and scalloped potatoes. We'll start off with a martini and I'll coast from there with a couple of cold ones and toast the new year. Party will be over when xmas tree lights go off at 12:15.
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We are having a large family party (no different than any other weekend). We start having drinks and watching the sunset over the Pacific. We will have dinner at around 11pm and then drinking and dancing till dawn , when we watch the sunrise over the Andes. We have several traditions here:
1. All the girls wear yellow thongs and make sure every guy in the room is aware.
2. At Midnight we toast with champagne and you must eat 12 grapes (same as Spain).
3. If you wish to travel (in the new year) you must walk around the block 3 times (at midnight) carrying your luggage!
4. Fire works! They start at midnight on Christmas eve and continue every night till the finale tonight.
5. We have lentils every Monday for lunch (year round) as it is supposed to bring luck.
WOW, now that sounds like fun.
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