Happy New Year friends, family and loved ones!

How do you celebrate December 31st? Dancing? Dressed to the nines? A cozy night in? Whatever your method of celebration may be, New Years is filled with lots of traditions and folklore that have been observed for thousands of years… here are a few you can use to dazzle your friends and family next week.

  • Who you kiss at midnight matters! The first person you see in the New Year is said to set the tone for your entire year. So make sure to keep loved ones close and foes very far away
  • Black eyed peas, ham, and cabbage are all foods that are said to bring you luck and fortune in the new year if consumed on New Year’s Eve or Day. Here is a recipe that includes all three.
  • On the flip side, Lobster and chicken are considered bad luck because lobsters can move backward and chickens can scratch in reverse, so it is thought these foods could bring a reversal of fortune and luck.
  • Picking out your New Years Day outfit? Better opt for red underwear! It is an Italian tradition dating back to medieval times to wear red underwear on New Years Day to bring good luck all year. 
  • More vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day than any other holiday, statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau revealed.
  • Most common resolutions include: losing weight, eat more healthily, exercise more, stop smoking, stick to a budget, save money, find a better job and to just be a better person over all.
  • The earliest known New Year celebrations were in Mesopotamia and date back to 2000 BC.
  • The original New Year’s Eve Ball weighed 700 pounds and was five feet in diameter. It was made of iron and wood and was decorated with 100 25-watt light bulbs.