Saturday, December 31, 2011


I'm not sure where our Mom came up with it, whether it was an old Irish
tradition or if she heard it from a friend, but on New Year's Eve,  she'd
put the broom outside by the back door along with a paper bag that had
a dollar bill inside it. The idea was that you swept out the bad luck of the
past year and the dollar bill was supposed to bring wealth in the coming

Sad to say, it never seemed to work as advertised. On the other hand, for
all I know, things might have been worse if we hadn't done it!

How about you? Does your family have a New Year's tradition that is
meant to bring you luck and wealth?

Happy NewYear to all!

1 comment:

Karen Packard Rhodes said...

Mom used to fix black-eyed peas, which were supposed to be some sort of symbol of luck. Didn't work very well at times.

I have a friend who is of Polish ancestry, and their tradition was to put coins in a pan (like a sheet-cake pan) and then add water, and wash their hands in it. That was supposed to bring wealth. It does not appear to work fabulously, either.

I think the best tradition for bringing in wealth is still the one approved by our Puritan ancestors: hard work, and paying attention to family, faith, and community.

Happy New Year, cuz!