Happy New Year habits

So how did you celebrate the New Year? I think a lot of us had a very quiet New Year maybe just at home or with a couple of friends. But I wonder if you remember what colour underwear you wore that night? There’s a reason. The colour will apparently dictate what sort of year ahead you will have.

Looking for love – hope you had red underwear on! Or perhaps good financial fortune – then yellow is your go to. Perhaps you just want to give peace a chance – then pure white is what you should have been wearing.

And did you get a kiss on the stroke of midnight? The story is that a kiss at midnight with someone you love will mean that love will continue throughout the year. Cute thought hey? The only problem is what about all those Happy New Year kisses with random people that you hardly knew. I guess the saving grace there is that as long as you didn’t kiss them on the stoke of midnight then their kisses didn’t count. (thank goodness)

If you celebrated New Year in Spain you should have eaten 12 grapes – one for each chime of the clock – you have to chug them pretty quickly but apparently this brings good luck for the rest of the year.

Also, it is said that you should open the front door just before midnight so the old year and all its crap can leave and you can welcome in the new year. Whoever thought up this rule obviously did not come from Alberta! And if you had lobster as a special dinner for New Year’s Eve – sorry buddy! That’s bad luck because lobsters move backwards and eating them will just set you up for a year of setbacks.

Did you have any family habits over New Year? As kids we would nag to be allowed to stay up to see in the New Year. Oh yes fine said the parents – we waited for the clock to strike midnight (we had a chiming clock in those days) and then we danced and cheered and had special cake and went to bed. Then my mom turned back the clock to the proper time and she and my dad could enjoy the evening in peace. I only found this out much later but they knew they couldn’t get away with it for too long so it only happened when we were little.

And finally – those New Year Resolutions. There is just something about a New Year that yells Fresh Start – it’s just so easy to think that as the last stroke of midnight fades you will start a new life – a new you. Of course we all want to be fit and slim so in a normal year the gyms would be full of new members during the first week of January and the regulars would look at each other with that smarmy smile as if to say “give them a month and you will never see them again”. Another Newe Year thing seems to be that we want to be organised – going to clear out cupboards, get rid of the junk – streamline and simplify. Easier said than done.

Another resolution – Not going to check social media before I go to sleep….. omg I can’t resist a quick peek. Going to stay on top of emails …. how come I have a pile in my junk folder?

Maybe we should move our New Year – away from Christmas and all the excesses that go with it. Make Feb 1st the day to start afresh …. or maybe March 1st would be better ….. hmmmm …. who am I kidding. I am stalling again. Pass me another piece of cake while I put my yellow underwear on!

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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