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Old Wives Tales Related To The Holidays

Updated on December 21, 2013

 

New Years Day Traditions, to keep or to dispose of???

By the standards of the old ways I would probably be called a cheater as I pick and choose which of the traditions we follow or ignore. (I don't believe it benefits anyone if because of a silly superstition anyones New Years Day would start with even a slightest shadow of a bad feeling).

According to Hungarian tradition it is against the law to serve anything like fowl on the first day of the year. ( I would like to clear up something here; as far as I'm concerned anything foul on my plate 'should' be outlawed). The reason fowl dishes were never made as an intro to day number one of the year, comes down to an old wives tale I guess. Fowl, scratches everything out and away, behind themselves. Therefore scratches luck away. So hoofed beasts are on the menu; preferably pork as Miss Piggys strong snout digs up good luck and pushes it in front of her. (I know it makes no sense, seriously who is the lucky one here the pig on the plate or the chicken scratching in the barnyard?

New Years Eve, 12:00 sharp the back door had to be opened just a split second before the front door. One of the young people of the family would wear a top hat with the old years date on it. He/she would exit by the back door then change the hats date to the new one. And come to the front door and be invited in. (In Canada we're always hoping for a non-blizzard night).

Also the oldest person present lines up all others present and hands them all a small coin as a prosperity symbol for the coming year. New years day 1970 Gramps got all excited because he found an antique dealer who had 'dubloons' for sale. He said we would never be broke ever again as we could never spend the coins. For us girls he had drilled a small hole in them and put them on a chain. The guys got theirs as a keychain.(Unfortunately the fall of that year we lost Grandma and Gramps never handed us any more coins after. He only lingered on for less than two more years himself.)

I still do this one but I don't like the second tradition so we skip that one. The tables centre piece was always a wooden cutting board with a loaf of bread, the bread knife, a dish of butter and a bowl of big juicy shiny red apples. (Naturally in the olden days it would have been home made sour-dough bread). The centre piece was placed on the table just before midnight. Naturally symbolizing no hunger in the next year.

New years day dinner, before anyone was allowed to leave the table and be on their merry way, we had to endure a couple of maybe weird traditions.

The oldest person present had to choose an apple from the bowl on the dinner table. It had to be sliced it into as many slices as there were people present. This symbolizes that no-one in the family would suffer hunger; the whole family would look after each other and share and share alike. We, my kids and I, think this is a nice sentiment so we keep this tradition going.

A bowl of still in shell walnuts was passed around the table, everyone had to choose one. After it was cracked, it predicted your health's state for the coming year. If your walnut was all golden and healthy you had a good year coming up, but if it was all dried up or rotten you were in for a bad year. (You know I don't think I want to put my well-being dependent on a nut so we 'Xnay' this tradition.)

For all the traditions that make absolutely no sense there are a few that just bring back the old fuzzy-good-feelings of the past.

Here is my small coin to all of you with the best wishes of a prosperous 2008, may you find lots of healthy walnuts and an apple that needs to be cut into many, many slices...

regards Zsuzsy

 

2009

Here to ensure you have a prosperous and healthy 2009 is my coin and here is hoping that there are many around your table to share the apple with.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy

2010

To keep up with the tradition, here is my coin for you with the best off wishes for a prosperous 2010, may each of the walnuts you crack be healthy and hope you have lots of family and friends around your table to share that apple with.......

Kindest regards Zsuzsy

2011

Wishing you the very best 2011. Peace and harmony with all the folks your sharing your apple with.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy

2012

Here is my coin and here is hoping that all of you around the table find the perfect healthy walnut. A prosperous 2012.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy

2013

The years are just flying by but my sincerest good wishes to you all, may you and your loved ones find that healthy walnut.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy

2014

Here to ensure you have a prosperous and healthy 2014 is my coin and here is hoping that there are many around your table to share the apple with and you find that healthy walnut.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Chevy92305, on my way to the store to buy a case of both. Thanks for the addition to the hub. Never heard of these two additions but even though I'm not quite on board with all these old wives tales... I like both collard greens and black-eyed peas so there can not be any harm with trying... right?

      Have a great New Year

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Chevy92305 6 years ago

      Collards Greens and Blackeyed Peas a must on Newyears day

      collards means money,blackeyed peas means cents.eat until your heart is content

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      RGraf! I love to keep up with all the old ways because they bring back my lost loved ones for a short little moment.

      My coin to you for a great 2009 regards Zsuzsy

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you so much for the coin. I'm wanting to create new traditions with my children, ones that are special to us and full of meaning. Thank you for a few ideas (the non-weird ones).

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Girlsay! Thanks for having a look! The apple is my all time favorite tradition that my family follows. And please share your collection. I'd love to read about them.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Kenny! I too only want to believe in the positive ... Thanks for your comment. (Funny I remember answering to your comment quite a while ago and it just hasn't shown up here. Sorry, I must have done something wrong.)

      regards Zsuzsy 

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      girlsay 9 years ago

      I loved this being superstitious myself I'm interested in other old wives tales from other parts of the world. Will share mine the next time =)

      I love the apple part. Mayb I should introduce this tradition to my family.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Thanks for another Gramps anecdote, along with the superstitions. My way is to believe all the positive ones, and do whatever with the bad ones. They are fun, and kids like them, especially if you give them little gifts with meanings attached.

      GREAT HUB!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Patty! except the bread, salt and pepper at Seder is supposedly for the dearly departed family members... The bread at new years eve is just a symbol. The apple slice each family member present has to eat, no-matter how thin and see-thru the slice. thanks for your comment

      Abhinaya! How true...thanks for taking a look

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Abhinaya 9 years ago

      Old wives tales are still believed.We Earth dwellers are never satisfied.Loved the hub.Great!

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      The bread and apples on the table the their slicing, etc. reminds me of the Seder celebration. I like it.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks CGull! I really think even though life was hard, it seemed simpler maybe that's what we should edge towards...to make life as simple as it can be????I don't know. Have a good one...

      regards Zsuzsy

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      cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

      "Here is my small coin to all of you with the best wishes of a prosperous 2008, may you find lots of healthy walnuts and an apple that needs to be cut into many, many slices..."

      That's a sweet wish. We wish you the same. Your Grandpa is very kind with his wish, simple it may be for others but is special.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Princessa! The very best walnuts to you and your gang

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Isabella! Gramps was the best you know! I loved him to bits!

      regards and the best for the new year to you

      zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      MrM!Happy 2008 to you too!

      thanks for taking a look

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Happy New year and hope your walnut looks golden,heathly and delicious.

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      Isabella Snow 9 years ago

      LOL! Never broke again, cos you can't spend it! I love Gramps!! Happy New Year! :)

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      What a great tale, I could almost wish that I was there to receive such magic moments of your past.

      Have a great new Year's Eve and a better year for 2008.

      Follow the traditions. Thank you

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Kingjohann! Thanks for taking a look.

      Gabriella! I'm not superstition either, however we make a game of it. These were some of the things we did to bring in the new year and keeping them going just brings back some of those memories.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      gabriella05 9 years ago from Oldham

      I don't believe in superstition, we make our luck

      Great hub good info thanks

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      thekingjohann 9 years ago from Seattle

      well now aren't you just a little busybody

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