I love the last day of the year…
I love the defined “end”… making way for a much defined “New.”
I love traditions and celebrations and symbolic meanings.
Today I’ve baked cakes and cornbread. I hid a coin in the cake for some lucky guest to discover it… a promise of a bountiful year in the tradition of the miracle of St. Basil. The cornbread represents life and renewal and yes, even gold. I even made mini-cornbread muffins for the grandkids to enjoy.
I’ve washed my grapes for the midnight tradition of eating 12 grapes… the round shape is symbolic of a new cycle and the 12 grapes represent each of the next 12 months with all the luck, bounty and prosperity that 2009 has to offer. I also have my 7 round fruits all ready for tomorrow’s meal… to wish good fortune to all who visit.
My pork roast is marinating in olive oil and rosemary. Pork is especially lucky to eat on New Year’s Day. As legend has it, pigs only move forward… as one wishes for a New Year! And rice will be part of my celebration as well. Risotto. And the rice in my stuffed peppers. Rice expands while cooking… symbolizing expanded wealth in the New Year!
And of course all the “greens”… spinach, kale, cabbage.
Blackeye peas. Lentils. Carrots. Abundance, luck, good fortune.
Last, but not least, I have the sugar cookie dough all ready to make our Pink Pig Cookies tomorrow… the kids will love smoothing the pink frosting on their little pigs. Remember… pigs always move forward!
(As an aside, my husband and I are planning a Polar Plunge tomorrow at noon at one of our local beaches. The weather forecast is 20 degrees with a wind chill bringing us to 0. Do you think we’ll do it?)
My wish for all of you is that 2009 is so blessed, so perfect, so lucky, so prosperous… and so very HAPPY!
And by the way… do you have any New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions of your own that you’d like to share?!