Holiday Greetings from the
Furry Friends of Tims Ford Lake! My master, Sam,
and I have enjoyed another great year serving your
needs on Tims Ford Lake. I have enjoyed meeting
many of you and hope to see you in the coming year!
Don’t forget your furry friend while doing your
Christmas shopping – treats are always welcome!!!
Happy New Year!!!
Calandar of Events
Top 10 New Year’s Traditions and Superstitions
From the ones you already
know to the truly bizarre ones you’ve never heard
of, here are the Top 10 New Year’s Traditions and
Superstitions in the United States.
singing and noisemakers on New Year’s Eve are
believed to scare away evil spirits. Do we really
need an excuse to set off fireworks? Probably not.
But we’ll take this opportunity to light the sky
(and maybe the grass in our neighbor’s yard). Music
and singing are a part of most celebrations and I’m
pretty sure the 20-people doing a poor job of
singing “Don’t Stop Believing” at 1AM aren’t
concerned with keeping evil away in the new year.
9. Making Resolutions
Many believe the first day of the New Year should be
spent thinking about the past year and resolving to
improve oneself in the coming year. And while the
media recycles old stories about quitting smoking or
getting out of debt and your parents use new year’s
resolutions as a guilt-inducing tactic to get you to
move out of their basement or pay back what you owe
them not all resolutions have to be a life-altering
ordeal. Resolve small in the New Year and you’ll
feel good that you got something accomplished.
8. Paying Off Your Debt
It sounds like a resolution
but you’re supposed to do this before January 1.
This way you’re even when the new year arrives and
you start with a fresh slate. On New Year’s Day you
shouldn’t pay out anything or make loans because
this signals money leaving you. So buy your lottery
tickets on New Year’s Eve.
7. Kissing at Midnight
New Year’s Eve ranks second behind Valentine’s Day
as the worst day to be single because when that
clock strikes midnight everybody’s smooching but
you. Granted, this is only painful for about 60
seconds (unlike Valentine’s Day which serves up a
full 24 hours of candy hearts, barely clothed cupids
and ridiculous romantic gestures). The New Year’s
Eve kiss is a symbol that your affection and
closeness will last all year. So don’t grab some
weirdo and kiss them, find a friend and give ’em a
Singing “Auld Lang Syne”
A Scottish poem from the
1700’s; it literally means “old long since” or, in
American, terms “days of long ago” or “the good old
The song goes as such:
Should old acquaintance be
and never brought to mind?
acquaintance be forgot,
and days of auld lang
For auld lang
syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
5. First Footer
The first person to visit
your home on New Year’s Day has significance. It is
considered good luck for a man to be the first
person to cross your threshold (you have to let him
in; he shouldn’t use a key to let himself in). It’s
even better luck if he’s tall and good looking with
dark hair. I’ve read specifically that the first
footer should not have flat feet, crossed-eyes or a
unibrow. So Frida Kahlo and Bert from Sesame Street
should not be let in. Best of all, the first footer
should bring along gifts like bread, fresh fruit,
salt, and wine. If you’re a handsome man delivering
wine on New Year’s Day, I’m guessing not many people
are going to turn you away.
4. Nothing Should Leave the
Here’s one that had to be
thought up by someone who didn’t want to run
errands. Nothing should be taken out of the house on
New Year’s Day. If you’ve got things to give to
others, return to stores, etc. put them in your car
on New Year’s Eve because they shouldn’t leave the
house on New Year’s Day. Some people allow items to
leave the house after something has been brought in.
The idea here is that something should be added to
your house before anything is taken away. So if
you’re a First Footer with a goodie basket, you best
buy that stuff on your way over.
3. Lay Low & Do (Pretty Much) Nothing
A lot of info out there
said not to do laundry or dishes (since you “wash
away” luck and these can cause a death in the family
in the coming year), not to take anything out of the
house (including trash) and not to wash your hair.
Sounds like the hang-over crowd was looking for a
little justification to lie on the couch all day.
2. Eat, Eat!
While you are lazing about
on the couch, make sure you are eating luck foods:
• Grapes – 12 of them, one for every month of the
• Pork – because pigs root forward when they
eat while chickens scratch backward (and bacon is
• Black eyed peas – here’s a good luck
recipe that’s quite tasty and gets you your
black-eyed peas and pork all in one meal
Lentils – which resemble coins
• Greens such as
collard greens, chard, cabbage and kale – the folds
of the greens resemble money
Many of the foods
that are “good” to eat resemble money or have to do
with moving forward.
1. What You Do at New Years, You Will Do All Year
While most of these
superstitions and traditions are meant to usher in
good luck while keeping bad luck at bay, what you do
can reflect how you’ll live in the coming year.
Recovering from a big party the night before? Your
year will likely include being surrounded by friends
and good times. Motivating to work out on New Year’s
Day? Well look who might just drop 10lbs in the new
year. Cleaning and organizing around the house?
Sounds like a year full of getting things done.
Sleeping the day away? Maybe you won’t be getting
too much done in the new year. Reading Top 10 lists?
Sounds good to us. Happy New Year.
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