Life Lessons Learned | Parenting | Holiday Traditions | New Year’s Eve-Memories Of Childhood: The Book Of Jane Series
What I’ve Learned
Over the years I’ve come to learn and appreciate the importance traditions play in your childhood. Traditions become a foundation from which your life is built upon. When you have them, they are not easily forgotten, and often become the starting point for every childhood memory. Many of my fondest memories are of those things that shaped my beliefs as a child. New Year’s Eve, Black-eyed Peas, and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve was the hallmark of our family’s festivities for bringing in the New Year.
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve was a pretty laid back Holiday for our family as a whole, but more specifically for Mother, no hustle and bustle to get things done. New Year’s Eve Holiday for our family included two constants. The first, gathering around the television to watch all of our favorite entertainers perform at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve extravaganza. The special always featured the most popular performers in music at the time. As a viewer, you were never disappointed. It felt like an indoor concert experience.
After hours of musical entertainment, we joined in on the count down and the anticipated ‘Ball Drop’ at Midnight that solidified the new year was official. You didn’t have to be there on the streets of New York City in Times Square to feel the energy and excitement. It was palpable and extended into our living room. It gave you a feeling that you were bringing in the new year hand in hand, and side by side with the rest of the world without leaving your house.
The second New Year’s Eve Tradition, no matter the entre, the meal was accompanied by a freshly made pot of perfectly seasoned ‘Black-eyed Peas’. Why this brand of bean? Well, there are many Southern stories behind the bean as a favorite for the start of a new year or new beginnings, but with one consistent theme, luck.
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