Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fall is in the air

     Hello everyone and Happy October.  #October has been designated to observe many things from National #Arts and #Humanities month to Nation #Pizza month and finally #Halloween on October 31st.  
     I wanted to do something different so for the entire month of October I will be discussing #superstitions I grew up with.  Not only are they from my #southern roots but they are beliefs I grew up hearing from my #Grandmother.  Looking back, I wished I would have kept a #diary when my Grandmother talked and told me tales.  Most I remember but there are so many more I have forgotten over the years.  
     So to start off, I'm going to talk about #New #Years #Day superstitions.  
     New Years Eve, we always cleaned our homes thoroughly including doing all the laundry and putting it away.  The belief was a clean house on New Years day; a clean house all year long.  It was bad luck to wash laundry or have clothes hanging on a clothesline on New Years day.  If you did so, the belief was you were washing someone out of your life; someone in the family would die.  My co-worker, Jessica's mother was seriously ill many years ago and on New Years Day they had to laundry the sheets on her mom's bed.  Her mom passed two months later.  Was it a coincidence or did the superstition come true?  Jessica believes it was the superstition.  
     Spend a little bit of money on New Years day and you will have money to spend all year long.  I do this every year.  I take my mom shopping and we use the gift cards we received at Christmas.
     Wear a new piece of clothing on New Years Day and you will have new clothes to wear all year long.  
     The meal on New Years Day is collards and black-eyed peas.  The collards represents money and the black-eyed peas are for good luck.  As a child this was the one holiday tradition I disliked.  I can't stand black-eyed peas.  I still cook collards but instead of black-eyed peas I cook Lima beans.  
     Never sit your purse on the floor.  Doing so means you will always be broke.  

I would love to hear from you if you have any New Years Day superstitions you observer or grew up with.   



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