It's NYE 2013. What am I doing? I'm at work. It's what happens when you work in television news. Someone's gotta work and tonight, I'm that guy. So I decided to go around the newsroom and ask my co-workers if they had any New Year's Eve or New Year's Day traditions. Here are a few of them that I wanted to share with our growing group of Newsy Parents readers.
Our assignment editor, Laura, says it is a tradition in her Cuban family to eat 12 grapes at midnight for good luck in the upcoming year. They follow that up with a toast of apple cider.
My reporter tonight, Jeff, says he and his family indulge in some herring on New Year's Eve and pork on New Year's Day. They eat herring because it's a tradition in his Scandanavian culture, and pork because he says pigs don't like to walk backwards. Therefore, by eating pork, you are looking forward to the new year.
My tradition was watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers play in a New Year's Day bowl game. Despite them playing in the Gator Bowl tomorrow, it doesn't rank up there with the Orange and Fiesta Bowls that the Huskers played in long ago. Let's hope in 2014 they can get back to those BCS bowl games. (As you can see in the pictures below from a party at our friend's house on NYE 2008, I'm wearing a Nebraska polo. On this New Year's celebration, neither Aileen nor I were drinking. I had to be at work at 3 a.m. and Aileen was 19 weeks pregnant with Monkey.)
As for Aileen's traditions, she is Filipino. In her culture, they also eat 12 grapes along with a noodle dish called pancit. Aileen tells me even Monkey had some pancit tonight. We're all hoping for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
Do you have any family traditions on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day?