Thursday, December 27, 2007

And A New Year is in the Works

I can't believe that Christmas is over. It seems like just a few minutes ago that I was still frantically wrapping gifts and cooking and wondering what I had forgotten to do...and it's over. In a way it's like getting a reprieve, because now I can start planning for next Christmas. In less than a week we will be celebrating a new year...2008. I'm certain I was still writing 2006 on my checks way into the fifth month of 2007. And now, I'll be doing the same thing with 2007. I know I'm not alone in that. I read somewhere that the idea of celebrating the New Year started in Babylonia about 4000 years ago. But if I remember correctly the New Year began on the first day of Spring, something about the Vernal Equinox and a crescent moon, or new moon...and that the use of a baby was a Greek thing having to do with wine and the grapes...oh, and New Year Resolutions, that's a Babylonian thing, too...you're supposed to resolve to return your neighbor's farm tools? Well, something like that. Now of course we make a long list of things to do, like lose weight, quit smoking, stop what ever bad habit we've picked up over the past few years. I don't think the return of a tractor or plow has been on any one's list in a long time. That being said, James, if you're reading this don't forget where you got that socket wrench set. Okay, so while I'm not sure of it's origin or exactly what it means, I do know that I will have to prepare collards and hopping john for New Years day dinner. The collards will bring green folding money, the black eyed peas (cooked in rice) will bring coins. Now, I've been eating collards and hopping john for as long as I can remember on New Year's day, and to what end? While its taste is mighty fine, the only wealth it's brought can not be put in the bank. I have not become rich in the eating of these traditional foods. However, I am rich in the friendships that have come my way, in fact, that is probably more important to me than money. So, Happy New Year greetings will be coming your way...and soon, very very soon!

16 comments:

Susie Q said...

You have been one of my true blessing this year Sandi. I look forward to 2008 and another year blogging with my friends!
I LOVE the bunny pin! I am a huge pin collector and lover so this was perfect! He will have a good home here at Rabbit Run. You are SO sweet!!

Love and hugs,
Sue

justabeachkat said...

Happy New Year sweet friend! I value your friendsip.

Hugs!
Kat

NeereAnDear said...
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NeereAnDear said...

Hi isnt it wonderful all the NEW friends we have made...and hopefully will make in the coming NEW YEAR?!! Such a blessing indeed...

HOPE YOURS IS A HAPPY ONE...I feel good things COMING THIS YEAR!!

HUGS

JO

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hey Ms. Sandi, Hope you had a fabulous Christmas. I can't believe it's over too. Time is just flying by too fast for this old girl. I am ready to take the decorations down and start the New Year with a fresh clean house. My only resolution is to clean out all the cupboards and closets that have gotten cluttered. Happy New Year and thank you for the gift of being a blog friend. I am a lucky girl. xoxo Lynn

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi!
I have really enjoyed getting to "know" you this past year through your blog. I look forward to the coming year learning more about you and reading your wonderfully written posts!
Hugs,Penny

Brenda said...

I am so glad I found you this year and hope to build on it.
we have always had cabbage and blackeyed peas for Newyear. I like you don't see my bank account building,but wealth in other ways

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Miss Sand1, Happy New Year to you our dear friend. We hope 2008 will be a wonderful year for you and The Mob in every way possible :) From your friends way across the miles!! Jenn and Jacqui xo

Jodie Adams said...

I hope you have a good New Year. As of now we have no plans, but staying home is the most comfortable thing for us. My family does the collards and blackeyed peas thing too. Funny!!

Christine of Epiphany said...

You're so sweet~

Kari & Kijsa said...

Happy, Happy New Year to you too! Aren't we all blessed to have such wonderful friends!

Happy 2008...kari and kijsa

Jeanne said...

What a year this has been! I'm so very glad I started my blog here and have the opportunity to meet such great people like you!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Sandi, we will probably be eating some black-eyed peas & greens too. Here's to a Happy 2008! So nice to have met you this year.

xo,
Rhoda

Sandy said...

Oh how I have enjoyed getting to know you through our blogs this past year!
I hope you enjoy the last weekend in 2007 and have a fabulously BLESSED 2008!!!

Blessings,
Sandy :)

joan said...

Okay Sandi, what's a hoping john? You are going to give me an education on Southern foods. I know about collard greens but have no idea what a hoping john is. LOL I hope you have a great New Year and I am one of those people who it'll take about a month to write 2008 on checks and things.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Coming by to wish you a Happy Happy Happy New Year!

Melissa