[Bonwicke] New Year's Superstitions

Angela Scott silvrbnd at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 31 05:36:07 PST 2008

very cool information, THANKS

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From: Hdec333 at aol.com <Hdec333 at aol.com>
Subject: [Bonwicke] New Year's Superstitions
To: bonwicke at lists.ansteorra.org
Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 10:31 PM

New Year's Superstitions:

First Footing:   The first person to enter your home after the stroke Of midnight will influence the year you're about to have.  Ideally, he Should be dark-haired, tall, and good-looking, and it would be even better if he came bearing certain small gifts such as a lump of coal, a silver coin, a bit of bread, a sprig of evergreen, and some salt. Blonde and redhead first footers bring bad luck, and female first footers should be shooed away before they bring disaster down on the
 household. Aim a gun at them if you have to, but don't let them near your door before a man crosses the Threshold. The first footer (sometimes called the "Lucky Bird") should knock and be let in rather than unceremoniously use a key, even if he is one of the householders. After greeting those in the house and dropping off whatever small tokens of luck he has brought with him, he should make his way through the house and leave by a different door than the one through which he entered. No one should leave the premises before the first footer arrives - the first traffic across the threshold must be headed in  rather than striking out. First footers must not be
 cross-eyed or have flat feet or eyebrows that meet in the middle. Nothing prevents the cagey householder from stationing a dark-haired man outside the home just before midnight to ensure the speedy arrival of a suitable first footer as soon as the chimes sound. If one of the partygoers is recruited for this purpose, impress upon him the need to slip out quietly just prior to the witching hour. Food: A tradition common to the southern states of the USA dictates that the eating of black-eyed peas on New Year's Day will attract both general good luck (financial in particular) to the one doing the
 dining. Some choose to add other Southern fare (such as ham hocks, collard greens, or cabbage) to this tradition, but the black-eyed peas are key. Other "lucky" foods are lentil soup (because lentils supposedly look like coins), pork (because poultry scratches backwards, a cow stands still, but a pig roots forward, ergo those who dine upon pork will be moving forward in the new year), and sauerkraut (probably because it goes so well with pork). Another oft-repeated belief holds that one must not eat chicken or turkey on the first day of the year lest, like the birds in question, diners fate themselves to scratch in the dirt all year for
 their dinner (that is, bring poverty upon themselves). 

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