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New Year’s Traditions


According to this infographic on the History Channel, celebrating New Year’s dates back over 4,000 years ago. It is a unique holiday based on the calendar and not a religion or national event, which also makes it one of the most widely spread holidays in the world.

The members of DeSelms Real Estate certainly plan to ring in the new year, but in different ways.  Here are just a few of the New Year’s traditions that will take place either New Year’s Eve and/or New Year’s Day:

Game Night

Many of us will be staying in this year, enjoying the extra time off with our families.  A popular tradition is to host a family game night, complete with snacks and stiff competition. From board games to card games, the entire family can join in the fun. The only rule: no electronics allowed!

Black Eyed Peas

A particularly Southern tradition is eating black-eyed peas. Some of us have been told for years by our grandmothers that we absolutely must eat a spoonful of black-eyed peas for good luck in the new year. Whether it’s true or not we can’t quite say, but we will go ahead and do what grandma says just to be safe.

A Kiss At Midnight

For those of us able to stay awake to the actual New Year, there will be hugs and kisses to share with our loved ones.  Another one based on good luck, we’d hate to risk it by ignoring this long standing tradition!


One fun tradition is to write goals for the new year on a piece of paper and seal it in an envelope. Then, on New Year’s Eve it’s time to open it up again and see what kind of progress has been made. At the very least, New Year’s Day marks the start for a whole new year and many of us enjoying looking ahead and setting our sites on new goals, both personal and professional.


And finally, there are the infamous New Year’s Resolutions. Some love them, some hate them, and certainly not everyone sticks to them. Sometimes the resolutions tie in with a goal, but often is’s more of a specific act we wish to quit or start.

These are really a small sampling of the multiple traditions people have for New Year’s. We’d love to hear some more so please share your traditions or resolutions with us on our Facebook page.

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