Elizabeth Melton Parsons


Food For A Good New Year-Southern Traditions

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Anyone from the southern USA knows that to insure a good New Year, you serve a meal of black eyed peas, collard greens, and pork–a very traditional New Year’s feast. Whether or not it actually has any bearing on what kind of year you have…well, that one is up for debate. It probably depends on how superstitious you are. It’s also a tradition to place a dime under the plate. Me, I just enjoy the food. A big pot of black eyed peas cooked with pork and side of seasoned greens. Add some chopped onion and cornbread. Yummmm!

I also enjoy the tradition of preparing and serving the food. A tradition passed down for generations. Unfortunately, there are a lot of picky eaters in my family. I’m the only one who will touch greens. My husband insists his blackeyed peas be served over rice. My older son won’t touch anything but the pork and my youngest son doesn’t care for black eyed peas, but with enough onion and cornbread, he’ll eat them. So along with the traditional fare, I add dishes I know the entire family will enjoy. After all, this is a celebration of being here to see another year and I want everyone to have a good time. Regardless of what I serve or don’t and what they eat or not…the true enjoyment is having the family gathered to laugh, argue, and just have a good time being together.

Then of course we have the New Year resolutions. This is a tradition that nearly everyone indulges in. I normally make no resolutions, but this year I’ve decided that resolving to do a few things can’t hurt. So I will make a couple and pray I have the resolve to see them through. 🙂

No matter what your New Year traditions are, I wish you all a very prosperous, healthy and Happy New Year!


Author: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

I'm a novelist, poet, and artist. I love books, nature, art, and gardening. I'm a rock hound and there's a photo of me with a cool fossil rock on my about page, I take a lot of nature pictures. The background here is one of mine. Unfortunately I recently lost my wonderful husband, but I'm grateful to have the blessing of two beautiful sons. elizabethmeltonparsons.wordpress.com is © Elizabeth Melton Parsons 2007-2018. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Elizabeth Melton Parsons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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