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December 29, 2008

New Year’s giveaway…

Filed under: Giveaway, Holidays — jackie @ 4:32 pm

I have an extra new copy of the book Unique Handmade Booksby Alisa Golden. I just happened upon it in my travels during the course of shopping for Christmas and thought it might make a nice giveaway.

If you’d like a chance to win this book, just leave a comment with this post telling us about your New Years traditions. On New Year’s day, in the evening, I will put all the names in a jar and have my lovely assistant choose a winner.

Good luck!

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  1. Who wouldn’t love it? We do a combination — like good southerners, have black-eyed peas; occasionally, like good Scots, have haggis; and like good Germans, do Bleigießen — but with wax, not lead — drop molten lead (wax) into cold water, and tell fortunes for the coming year by its shape (there’s a little guide book to the shapes). And sparklers and little firecrackers, when my kid brother’s stocked up.

    Comment by Marguerite — December 29, 2008 @ 4:42 pm
  2. After we count down the seconds to the new year, we cut a cake called the “Vasilopita” or Basil-cake to celebrate the feast day of Saint Basil (which is January 1st). One slice is cut for the household and a slice is cut for each member of the family in order of age - oldest gets the first piece, youngest the last. In the cake a coin is hidden and whoever gets the coin has good luck for the whole year. It’s an old Greek tradition…

    Comment by Alexia — December 29, 2008 @ 5:27 pm
  3. We get together with our neighbors and have an outdoor fire, set off some fireworks (we live in the country on a deadend street) and just celebrate good friends. Usually involves some potluck BBQ, lots of desserts and good company.

    Comment by Suz — December 29, 2008 @ 5:41 pm
  4. I’ll watch TV at home New Year’s Eve, on New Year’s Day we’ll sit down to a southern meal of blackeyed peas, rice, and cornbread after watching the Rose Parade.

    Comment by spoirot — December 29, 2008 @ 6:16 pm
  5. I’m a college student and I’m often traveling to or from school on New Year’s Eve or Day. So imagine me in Brittany’s yellow VW Bug on New Year’s Eve driving through NY, MA, NH, and along the coast of Maine to Bar Harbor to my own little apartment to celebrate after 11 hours of driving in my nice warm bed.

    Comment by Hannah Stevens — December 29, 2008 @ 8:03 pm
  6. This is a weird tradition, but ever since I can remember, on New Year’s Eve we would have a big party and put our Christmas tree on the back porch. At midnight we would come outside and throw popcorn on the tree. It’s a lot of fun and it gives the birds something to snack on. :)

    Comment by Mallory — December 29, 2008 @ 9:06 pm
  7. Not much of a tradition. Hubby and I aren’t party people unless there are good friends having a house party. Other than those infrequent times we usually go to a late lunch and then a movie. We are back at home and often in never-never land by the time the new year rings in. Boy are we boring or what?

    Comment by Diane O. — December 29, 2008 @ 10:34 pm
  8. Bleigiessen, as Marguerite already mentioned, is a very famous tradition over here in Germany on New Year’s Eve. For those who do not know it, you take a small piece of lead (or tin as a substitute), melt it in a spoon over a candle or fondue burner, and then drop the melted mass quickly into a bucket with cold water.

    The lead will solidify in some strange figure, and everyone present has a chance to tell what future may bring to the person that dropped the liquid lead by giving his/her opinion about what the lead figure is showing.

    Comment by Uwe Boettcher — December 30, 2008 @ 6:14 am
  9. on New Year’s eve we talk about all the things we are thankful from this last year, and on New Year’s Day we eat black-eyed peas and greens and cornbread and visit with friends. Simple but good!

    Happy New Year to you! and thank you for an encouraging site!

    Comment by jacky brown — December 30, 2008 @ 7:13 am
  10. Hi Jackie

    This tends to be a time of reflection on the last year and looking forward to what we want to do in the new year. Don’t do New Years Resolutions as they are often negative..’I will eat less, exercise more etc’ instead I make a list of the things I would like to have a go at in the New Year. Top of my list for 2009…making videos for You Tube and practising Japanese stab stitches.

    Please put my name in the hat as I think Alisa is very inspirational.

    Have a great New Year

    Billie :)

    Comment by Billie — December 30, 2008 @ 12:46 pm
  11. Hi Jackie,

    Despite being young and carefree, my dearly beloved and I dislike clubbing and popular music. So we’re going to join our friends for the first half of their night, with a bbq and a bottle of champagne, wave them off for their night on the town around ten or eleven. They may think we’re boring, but we know better.

    Could someone explain the significance of black eyed peas? Why are they good luck?

    Hope your New Year’s is as fun as mine!


    Comment by Rachel — December 30, 2008 @ 5:51 pm
  12. Well, it’s kind of lapsed in recent years, but some friends and I try to visit the local zoo every New Year’s Day, when they open it up for free. A lot of the animals aren’t out, but we usually pretty much have the place to ourselves, which somehow makes things so much more interesting.

    Comment by David Murphy — December 30, 2008 @ 11:53 pm
  13. New Year’s Day dinner in PA: pork and sourkraut and mashed potatoes. scrumptious and remembered every New Year’s Day no matter how far one scatters and settles.

    Comment by Marilyn — December 31, 2008 @ 3:31 pm
  14. We meet with friends at one of their homes. Good food, good drink & lively conversation. Everyone knows everyone. At the stroke of midnite some pair off & do a bit of kissing in the nite air, under the stars. Then it’s some more conviviality. Usually there’s some Danish Salad, a hang-over from Christmas Eve.

    Comment by Nelson Linaburg — December 31, 2008 @ 5:58 pm
  15. You are so generous Jackie! How nice of you to offer up your book to a new home :D

    For New Year’s Eve, my little family has established a tradition of staying home, preparing & eating our favorite foods together, then playing 2 or 3 board games until midnight.

    For dinner, my husband made lobster rolls for himself (yick), and my son and I did a fondue with chicken and veggies. Then we all had punch and cookies :D

    The board games vary depending if we have any visitors and such. But this year it was just the three of us. My son is only 3 (but he’ll be 4 on the 4th, 4 days from now!) so we played Mousetrap and Hungry Hippos before he went to bed. Then hubby and I had a long intense Scrabble battle. Always lots of fun!!

    Comment by Rhonda — January 1, 2009 @ 12:56 am

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