Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday Thirteen

I am rather anxious for 2010 to be over as it has not been the best of years. The death of my father-in-law, job concerns and other issues have left me feeling as ragged as a beat up ol' doll tossed out in the trash by the evil stepsister on a Saturday night.

So I thought I'd see if I could find 13 things to do for the New Year that would bring about good luck. Here are some superstitions I thought I'd pass along.

1. Wearing something new on New Year's Day means you'll receive new clothing throughout the year.

2. Eating black eyed peas will bring about good luck and good fortune. Other foods that bring good luck are lentils, pork, and sauerkraut.

3. Kiss at midnight to ensure affections and good will from those you love.

4. Have a full pantry so that it will not be bare for the upcoming year.

5. Put plenty of money in your wallet so it will multiply throughout the year.

6. Pay off bills and debts before New Years Day so that they don't follow you into the new year and bring about more bills and debts.

7. The first person to enter the household should be male (preferably tall, dark and handsome) and should come bearing a small gift. Even if he is a resident, he should knock on the door to be let inside, and he should leave by a different door than the one through which he entered.

8. Absolutely nothing, not even garbage, should leave the house on New Year's Day.

9. Do not do laundry on New Year's Day.

10. At midnight, open all doors to let the old year go out unimpeded.

11. Make loud noises at midnight to scare away evil spirits.

12. Avoid breaking things on New Year's Day, otherwise you will be breaking things all year long.

13. Do not cry on New Year's Day or it will set the tone for the year.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here.  I've been playing for a while and this is my 169th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. The first person to enter the household should be male (preferably tall, dark and handsome)

    I'm a big proponent of that one. *G*

  2. I hope the new year brings you much happiness and joy.

    Happy Holidays!

  3. Sorry to hear you've had such a lousy year...hope next year is much better for you and your family. I bet if you made a Thursday Thirteen list of all the positive things that have happened in your life this year you'll feel much better.

  4. I'm with ya. I need some luck too.

    Have a great Thursday!

  5. Some of those I never heard before. You had money in the wallet, where I heard that you should make sure you have lots of salt in the house. I guess it stems from when people use to be paid in salt. Also where 'are you worth your salt' came from.

  6. I am way too superstitious to be reading this list. That said, time to run out and get my black eyed peas.

  7. I hope next year brings much happiness and prosperity.

    Have a terrific TT. :)

  8. Very interesting! The only one I had heard before was eating black-eye peas for luck.
    Hope next year is a good one for you.

  9. Like you, I am anxious for this year to be over and hoping for a better 2011. Another superstition I've hear is that whatever you do on NYD will set the tone for the next year, so if you have resolutions to exercise more, write, read, etc, you should be sure to do them on NYD.

  10. What a fun list!

    I'm sorry to hear that 2010 hasn't been all that wonderful to you, but here's to a healthy helping of 2011 best wishes. :)

  11. #7 is a new one. Unfortunately we don't have a backdoor so it's not doable. :)

    We had some losses and a double layoff this year too. May we all have a better 2011 and beyond!

    Happy TT,

    13 PsiCorps Terms

  12. A lot of those things were new to me too. Pork and sauerkraut is very popular here. I do the Hoppin John thing but there is no one to share it with. People here have never heard of Hoppin John before!

  13. I'm sorry 2010 was so difficult for you, Anita. I pray that 2011 will be better for us all.

    Our year was pretty awful here, too. We spent New Year's Day in the hospital last year, waiting for Benjamin to have an emergency appendectomy. So I wasn't able to make my usual Hoppin' John, with the black-eyed peas. Which might explain the horrible year we had. I will definitely be making it this year, God willing. In fact, I think we'll all eat extra helpings. :-)


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