I am wondering if families in Atlanta are still following the Southern tradition of making black-eyed peas and collard greens for New Year’s Day?
My mother always made ham, cornbread and black-eyed peas for New Year’s Day. She never made collard greens because she doesn’t like them. The black-eyed peas were supposed to represent the change and the greens were the cash. That may explain why they never made a million.
Michael’s family always did an Asian tradition of having noodles on New Year’s Day for a long life.
I did a little of both this year. I had planned to just make an Asian noodle bowl last night for dinner but about 4 p.m. I started getting antsy about not having black-eyed peas and collards so I ran to the store. I shamed my Southern roots and bought them both in a can, heated them in the microwave and made the kids eat a little of each just for luck.
As for other after-holiday traditions, when do you take down your decorations? Do they have to been down by New Year’s Day or do you wait for Epiphany or is just any time you manage to get it down?
Michael likes to get it down pretty quickly. I don’t think he cares that it’s done by New Year’s Day, but he doesn’t like the lights up too long after Christmas.
So what are your after-holiday traditions? What did you eat for New Year’s Day? Do you follow Southern tradition even if you weren’t born in the South? What other traditions do you keep for good luck?