Our New Year’s Eve Traditions

We’ve been following three traditions over the past 30 plus years and I’d like to share them with you.  They’re fun to do, and who knows? They may bring you good luck in the new year too. Here’ goes:

1.  Get yourself an envelope and fill it with some cash you have laying around (I always save a little of my Christmas cash just for this purpose)  Next, write any sort of wish on the outside of the envelope and seal her up.

Then take the envelope outside and tape it securely to a door or window.  (I recommend taping it to a spot you can easily see).  Leave it there all night and then the next day, New Years day, bring it in to your home and open it up.

Why you ask? What this will symbolize is money coming freely into your home in the new year.
Sounds goofy but I’ll tell you this, we’ve been doing it for a long, long time and each year we’ve made it through none the worse for wear.  Plus, it certainly couldn’t hurt so why not give it a try?

2.  We use an old champagne bucket. (This one has seen better days but a lot of New Years Eve’s)

Next, add granulated sugar (I’ve heard it said that sugar is GOOD LUCK) into the bucket.  Tip:  add a small bowl to the bottom of the bucket so you won’t need to add as much sugar.

Add taper candles of assorted colors, pushing them into the sugar so they are stable and won’t fall over.

When midnight rolls around, light each candle and designate a specific candle color for a specific New Years wish.  Example:  When lighting the red candle wish for continued love in the coming year.  Green: prosperity and so on.   I’ll leave the wishes up to you as I’m sure you get the idea…

Have fun with this but never leave the lit candles unattended.  They tend to sit a bit crooked in the sugar and may drip wax on to you table if you’re not careful.

3. For the past 30 odd years, we’ve been celebrating New Year’s Eve with our dearest friends Pammie and John.  Over all those years (gosh, how did it get to be so many?), we’ve not missed one. Not one.  And I’ll tell you this, I would not trade any of those years for anything. Not anything.

When we were younger, we used to get all dressed up and do the whole New Year’s Eve banquet celebrations. We’d drink, dance and have lavish meals and when midnight rolled around, we’d always feel like another special year passed and another special one was just beginning.  We were young and enjoyed the merriment and laughter we shared.

As we got older and our young kids were the priority, our celebrations changed from the fancy schmancy banquet affairs to evenings in at home with drink, dance, lavish meals and appetizer parties.  Some years we’d decide to have large parties with all our friends and family but most years we just kept the celebrations small.

Over the years, the sizes of our parties may have varied, but the one thing that has never changed is that Pammie and John were and are always front and center in our celebrations… and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  The merriment and laughter we share with our dear friends is the best way to ring in any new year.  Who could ask for more than that and isn’t that what traditions are all about?   I’d better get going, they’ll be here soon for another round of New Year’s Eve celebrations!!!  Woot!

Sending everyone out there, who visits and enjoys my blog, my warmest wishes for a wonderfully blessed, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!!

Love your friend,


  1. You're a nut. But then, what makes these any nuttier than eating blackeyed peas? Or 12 grapes at midnight?

    Love you & wishing you a joyous & healthy 2011!

  2. I had never heard of these traditions you follow before and I love them! More importantly though, I love the fact that you have had a lasting friendship with Pammie and John for thirty plus years. I think that is fantastic and the tradition of ringing in the New Year with them all this time is wonderful.
    A very Happy and Healthy New Year to you Renee!

  3. Wonderful traditions and wonderful friends make it all the more fun!
    Happy New Year Renee! Here's to a sweet and delicious year!

  4. Happy New Year, Renee!

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