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Tips for a Happy New Year

 

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve this year? Some people LOVE this night and make it a point to party hardy. Others feel the occasion is better observed by kicking back at home in front of a roaring fire with a nice bottle of champagne chilled and ready for a simple toast at midnight.

Whether you’re staying home or going to one, two or a dozen NYE parties, you’ll want to be safe and (of course) bring out lots of Gordo’s Cheese Dip. It’s not a party until somebody puts out the Gordo’s!

For some reason, the New Year’s holiday gets even the most sane among us thinking about weird traditions, the observance of which “guarantees” good luck, prosperity and love in the coming year. No action is too strange and no tradition too far-fetched if it has the potential making the coming year a better one than the one we’ve just struggled through.

As a public service from your friends at Gordo’s Cheese Dip, here are a few traditions that have absolutely no basis in fact and should embarrass anyone crazy enough to think they might work. However, as we all know….you never know.

Traditions for Good Luck in 2015!


On New Year’s Eve, eating 12 grapes at 12 midnight, one for each month of the year, and making a special wish for good luck is one tradition which some folks honor. There’s a hint of logic behind this one. According to Ask.com in the Bible, grapes are used as a symbol for altruism. Grapes are mentioned frequently as positive objects. Wine, by extension, is said to represent faith because it derives from grapes. Combine this wine with Gordo’s Cheese Dip and voila’…good luck will come your way.

Here’s a tradition that burglars love. Some feel that all windows and doors should be left open on New Year’s Eve. This will let the old year’s experiences, negative things and you will have a fresh start going into the New Year. Just make sure the good silver is hidden.

Having money in your pocket when you ring in the new year symbolizes starting the year by keeping the money flowing. Of course, if you have enough money in your pocket, you don’t need too much good luck. You’re flush!

If you like traveling and, given the excellent experience we’ve all had with airlines and airports in 2014, who doesn’t? Walk out of your house with luggage open on New Year’s Day. This will bring luck so that you travel a lot throughout the new year.

Underwear is a critical component for New Year’s celebrating. First off, it’s a good idea to wear some! Plus, if you will want to don red underwear for love, green underwear for money or yellow for prosperity in the new year.

Here’s one for you clean-freaks out there. Take a broom and sweep out your door at midnight. This will take all the negativity out of your life for the new year. If will also allow you to get rid of the mess your guests have made while celebrating at your house.

Anyone in a romantic relationship, no matter how strained it becomes after you’ve had a few too many at the party, knows how important it is to kiss your sweetheart at midnight. This tradition symbolizes that your affection and closeness will last all year, bringing luck to the relationship. If you did not come to the party with a date or spouse, kissing somebody else’s is guaranteed to bring you bad luck, especially in the moments just after the stroke of midnight!

Eating black-eyed peas and lentils bring good luck and prosperity because they resemble coins when cooked. Cabbage is also supposed to bring financial good luck for the coming year. If you want to spice up those black-eyed peas, just drizzle some Gordo’s Yellow Queso Dip over them and stand back!

You can’t have a good-luck tradition without a horseshoe being involved. While there are many reasons given for horseshoes bringing good luck, one of the most colorful reasons has to do with the guy who made them – the blacksmith. Because they worked with elemental fire and magical iron, blacksmiths were thought to have special powers. It was believed that a blacksmith could heal the sick and if a couple was married by a blacksmith, their marriage would be a happy one. If you sleep with a horseshoe under your pillow on New Year’s Eve, good luck will surely come to you.  Most likely, a headache will come too!

The other white meat is also supposed to bring good luck. Eating pork is a symbol of good luck because pigs root forward and this is the direction we all want to go.

Make Some New Traditions

No matter what strange traditions you observe for New Years, remember they’re only strange if they don’t work.  You might want to try out some new traditions this year. After all, given the grief we had to put up with in 2014, how bad could they be?

Have a happy, healthy 2015 and whatever you do…don’t forget the Gordo’s. It’s bad luck if you do.

 

Photo credits:

Happy New Years (Puppy) Flickr Creative Commons by Faith Goble

Child eating grapes Flickr Creative Commons by Andrechinn

Brooms Flickr Creative Commons by Wayne Wilkinson

Horseshoe Flickr Creative Commons by Bill Slawski

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