Today's Wonder of the World is...A Happy New Year!
Flickr photo by gargasmurf70
Best wishes to you, friends, for a happy 2009!
I hope you had a fun New Year's Eve. I'm enjoying mine as I write, and so far it's going well.
I count myself lucky every year that we get through the night with all our fingers and toes intact. (Darn my dear South Carolina and its love affair with explosives.)
Despite my annual anti-fireworks rant, (as a former chemistry teacher, I have this crazy idea that teenagers and children should not be allowed to hop around the yard like donkeys, setting off smoke grenades and M-100's,) we did our part.
As you can see, I refused to get out of the car. Call me a party pooper, but hey, at least I allowed my kids the enjoyment of watching some of their hard earned money go up in smoke, within reason. (I draw the line at rockets. I prefer the roof of my house to have no flames shooting through it.) And I didn't insist they wear lab goggles or fire retardant aprons, even though I wanted to. I stayed inside, praying for their toes and fingers, and let their daddy have all the fun.
Speaking of Daddy having all the fun, he's thinking about making the traditional lunch of ham, black eyed peas, collards, and cornbread.
Flickr photo by leafy tenement
Do you share this tradition? I looked it up and apparently we Southerners are all about the money. Pigs symbolize prosperity, collards represent folding money (it's green and the leaves look like paper,) the peas resemble change, and cornbread looks like...cornbread. No symbolism there. Cornbread just tastes good with ham and black eyed peas!
I'm hoping he's going to cook the collards in the garage as I requested last year. Have you ever smelled collards cooking? Lordy, Lordy, it's bad, bad, bad.
Let's change the subject, shall we?
How about back to pigs?
It looks like we're not the only ones thinking about the porkers on New Year's Day!
Flickr photo by Puppilottchen
I don't think pigs have ever looked cuter. And how about those mushrooms?
Flickr photo bys11ver
The Dutch like them too!
You know what else Dutch folks like? According to Mr. Wikipedia, the Dutch like to eat donuts on New Years!
Yum. I could so be Dutch.
The donut ring is perfect for the end of the cycle of the year. Rings and circles show up in lots of cultures around New Year's Day.
Including the Chinese New Year.
Flickr photo by gun shock
And the Greek one too.
Flickr photo by Handles
Have you ever eaten a piece of vasilopita? No, it's not a surgical procedure. It's a brioche type bread and it's DELICIOUS! I had some back in the Dark Ages, when I spent New Year's Eve with Artemis, my best friend back at Broughton High. Her mom made one and put the traditional coin inside. Nobody choked! Yey! We were all lucky!
Speaking of brioche...Bonne Annee!
Aw...isn't love grand? That reminds me, in France kissing under the mistletoe is a New Year's tradition rather than a Christmas one.
Hey look! More mistletoe!
Hugs and kisses to you, my friend! With every good wish for a Happy New Year!
Have a wonder-full Thursday, everyone! And enjoy this very romantic scene from Waterloo Bridge to the tune of Auld Lang Syne.