Happy New Year 2013!


WELCOMING IN THE NEW YEAR:

Wow! It’s soon to be 2013 and time sure feels like it’s moving faster and faster! I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older or it’s really moving faster but every young person I talk to feels the same way. What does this mean? I have no idea but I’m putting on my seat belt and enjoying the ride! I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s okay to embrace the unknown. I use to think that I always needed a precise plan of action and that if my plan didn’t work then it would upset my equilibrium but not anymore. My belief is that life’s an adventure that you need to be flexible for… but you need to put a few plans in place just in case!

I’m excited for the New Year and 2013!

My personal belief of  The Mayan “End of the World” prediction is in line with the New Age interpretation of this transition that the date marked the start of a period during which Earth and its inhabitants would undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 21 December 2012 would mark the beginning of a new era.

New: Adjective: Not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time: “new crop varieties.”  Adverb: Newly; recently: “new-mown hay.” Synonyms: adjective: fresh – recent – novel – modern – young – green adverb. newly – freshly – lately – just!

Our family will be bring in 2013 New Year’s Eve very quietly with a sit down dinner that will include traditional lucky foods from different cultures, meditation and each one of us declaring our intentions for the new year.

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEARS!

Ali in the Valley

Photos by: Ali

New Year’s Eve 2013 Menu:

Grapes in Champagne


In Spain, they bring in the New Year by quickly eating a dozen grapes at midnight. The fruits are said to be a predictor of the year ahead: each sweet grape represents a good month, each sour grape a less-than-lucky one. Adopt the tradition by threading grapes onto skewers and serve each in a glass of Champagne just before the countdown.

Salmon

Fish is lucky for a couple of reasons: its scales resemble money and fish swim in schools which invoke the idea of abundance.


Ham 

Ham, because of its fat, is served to bring a New Year rich with happiness.



Black-eyed peas


In the South, eating black-eyed peas shows humility and thus invites good fortune.



Greens


Collards and other greens are considered lucky because they look like money and are full of vitamins.


Cornbread

A side of cornbread (with your ham, of course) represents the glories of gold.

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