For my family, part of the holiday fun is celebrating the traditions we have built over the years, whether it is assembling our Dickens village:
or displaying my daughter's collection of holiday water globes (and now that I think of it, I guess this was the last year for her display as she will be married with her own home next Christmas!):
or making our special Wassail punch for our Christmas movies night:
or even knowing that the first "person" to open her Christmas stocking will be Willow:
But we also celebrated the "new" by adding black eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread to our dinner menu, which is a cherished family tradition of my son's girlfriend. In the South the collard greens represent dollar bills, the peas coins and the cornbread gold, and having them all together promises a new year of prosperity.
That's the nice thing about traditions--we create them, so we can change them as we wish. It's fun to mix things up a bit. And it was a real surprise to discover that my whole family LOVED the collard greens! And that's my hope for this new year--no resolutions, just a deep desire to be open to change and embrace what comes with an open mind and a loving spirit.
Happy New Year to all of you, and may we all "ring in the true" in 2014!