[With the loss of my precious mother on Christmas, I’m obviously not in the mood to celebrate, except her life.  But I don’t want to impose my misery on you guys, so I’m re-printing my New Year’s Eve suggestions from two years ago.

I’m having a hard time believing in anything right now, but I’ve always really believed in these traditions before this week, and they have often worked for me. Here’s hoping they bring you luck this year!]

I’m pretty superstitious, especially about things that bring good luck, like always knocking on wood if I even think something good! (FYI–you can always knock on your head three times, if no wood is around.) There’s one ritual I do every New Year’s Day and another I do EVERY MONTH! At the risk of having you all think I’m completely bonkers (like you didn’t already?), I still want to share them with you, my loyal readers, hoping some of it works for you, too. (Unless you’re wishing something bad for ME. Bite my tongue! Which I did as I wrote that. How does Mr. X stand it???)

Okay, the special New Year’s trick is to eat black-eyed peas on January 1. They can be canned, frozen, fresh, whatever. (Is there even such a thing as fresh ones?) You can eat as many or few as you like, cold, hot, anyway. I just heat them up, throw on some seasoned salt, and choke-down about half a cup of those suckers. It’s once a year–you can stand it.

This one I kind-of hate to tell you, but I’m hoping you all deserve some good luck. Here goes: it’s called RABBIT. There are a couple of ways to do it. First up, the specific wish. On the last night of every month, as you drift-off to sleep, think of the wish you want to come true and don’t talk. In the morning, the first thing you must say is “Rabbit.”

The other way is for good luck that whole month, so I do them both. When you wake-up on the first of each month, kind-of pop-off the end of the bed (I just schooch down to the end with my butt and gently propel myself off) while saying “Rabbit” three times. (I’ve heard it as 1, 2, or 3 times, so I just go with 3 because that covers all bases.)

I know you guys are probably just scratching your heads over all this info, but trust me on this one. I’ve been doing it since I was a little girl and I really do believe in it. I used to put a sign by my clock to remind myself, but now I just put a little stuffed rabbit there instead. So much more fun to wake-up to than paper.



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