In 46 B.C.E. the Roman emperor Julius Caesar first established New Year’s Day on January 1st. Since that time, numerous traditions have been established. We have done our research and discovered the top seven new year’s traditions that are considered lucky.
7. Eating Black-Eyed Peas – Food historians attribute the dish’s unusual name to a take on “pois pigeons” which is French for dried peas. Some correlate the black-eyed pea shape to coins and traditions include eating 12 peas on New Year’s Day; one for each month of the year for good luck. We have a beautiful selection of tableware for all your New Year’s Day dinner needs and an amazing selection of coins for your good luck of course!
6. Eating King Cake – Louisianans and Mardi Gras fans know that their year does not start on a good note unless they eat a sweet ringed king cake topped with colorful icing and sprinkles baked with a hidden plastic baby inside. This year cut that cake in style with one of these beautiful hardwood tables or buffets.
5. Sending New Year Wishes – A new year is a powerful occasion: It is the perfect opportunity to reflect on our gratitude for everyone in our lives and our hopes for the future. However, some of our friends and family have suffered heartbreaking loss this year due to the pandemic. Many have lost jobs, homes, and most importantly loved ones. Statistics prove that sending well wishes for the new year to your friends and family increases their hope for the new year by over 40%. There is power in encouraging words! With so much pressure on knowing the right words to say to those friends and family members who have suffered great loss, we are here to help you with genuine from the heart message ideas.
Whatever the new year has in store, we’ll be in it together. Happy New Year to (friend/family member) I cherish with all of my heart.
In a difficult year, I’ve been grateful for your support and love this year. Here’s to many more years of love with you by my side!
I want to make a new year’s prayer that we choose kindness, look at the silver lining because it’s always there, love other’s above ourselves, and to always be the friend that sticks closer than a brother. I love and cherish you! Happy New Year’s!
If you have a friend or family member you would like to send a gift that says all this and more, we have the perfect heart-felt gifts.
4. Let the Sparks Fly! – From China to Australia, people ring in the new year by watching the colorful explosions of fireworks light up the night sky. Fireworks were created in seventeenth century A.D. in China for the sole purpose of warding off evil spirits. The tradition of setting off fireworks for New Year’s Eve in the western world evolved independently as a way of letting go of things past and bringing luck for the year to come. We have outdoor furniture, firepits and much more to create a cozy viewing space for those you hold dear!
3. Embrace Your Heritage – The way your ancestors celebrated the New Year has a lot to do with your heritage. For instance, in Scotland New Year’s Eve is a bigger deal than Christmas. They have a massive party that goes on for days. In Latin America they coordinate their homes décor down to their underwear for their hopes of the new year: Red for love, yellow for happiness, green for prosperity, etc. Americans embrace their heritage by adorning their homes with nostalgic pieces of furniture and décor for the new year.
2. New Year’s Resolutions – Tradition has it that over 40% of people will make New Year’s Resolutions and only 8% will follow through with most resolutions. Dr. Lazarus, a psychologist, said that resolutions could do more damage than good depending on the resolution. Resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy, exercise daily, and quit a bad habit can cause depression if the goals are not met. Resolutions to pray and read your Bible daily and attend church have the opposite effect because statistics show those resolutions are more readily kept resulting in a healthier mental state. We have the perfect seating solutions for your time of reflection.
AND THE #1 LUCKY TRADITION IS…
Watch Night Services – Prayer services held all around the world for New Years have proven to bring more fortune than New Year’s resolutions, parties and other celebrations combined. Statistics prove that only 8% of resolutions are kept and parties leave most people feeling empty and alone. On the contrary, prayer services were created to bring people closer to God through a heart of gratitude, reflection of what Jesus suffered on the cross so we might have eternal life, and as a reminder to always be on watch for the Lord’s return. The name “Watch Night” derived from a scripture in Mark 13:35, “Watch therefore, for you do not know when the Master of the house is coming-in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning.” Churches especially those in African-American communities host watch night services, a tradition tied to the Emancipation Proclamation. For Catholics, January 1st, or the Solemnity of Mary, is a Holy Day of Obligation where they are required to attend mass on New Year’s Day.
HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Estate Center Team!