A Family Conversation: Family Traditions, Beliefs and Superstitions (Part III) New Year’s Day 2020! Where’d We Go Wrong? Why New Year’s Day Brings Feelings of Forboding

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“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.


I’m asking the above questions because we can all agree that The Year of Our Lord 2020, was, for all intents and purposes, a neon nuclear dumpster fire to the millionth power!

That said, we must ask ourselves what in the hell did we DO or FORGET to do on New Year’s Day 2020?

I heard somebody say, “pray!”

Yeah, well that’s a given—chile we pray ev-ery-day up in here!

Alas, since we’re still amongst the living, I’d say that we did receive our most sincere plea!

Praise HIM!


Hell, after the first week of 2021, I was beginning to wonder, once again, how I might have broken rules of superstition on New Year’s Day 2021.  

Fortunately, I only had to go back seven days.

As far as I could tell I was good.

So there’s that.

At any rate…

Please join us as we continue our family conversation on New Year’s Day traditions and superstitions. 

We’re talking about:

  1. Ron’s illness
  2. More traditions, kissing and orgies
  3. Ron is SINGLE and ready to mingle!
  4. “Merry Christmas and a Prospect New Year!”
  5. The “First Footer” and a nod to Scotland.  Learn more about “The First Footer” at The Time Tunnel
  6. What Ron’s sister, Aleshia, told “The First Footer” on New Year’s Day 2021
  7. Where’d we go wrong New Year’s Day 2020
  8. New Year’s was NOT a celebration for enslaved blacks. Therefore, we wonder if the following little known fact explains feelings of foreboding–which prompted superstitious rituals among blacks?
    1. Learn about the dreadful tradition of “Heart Break Day, Hiring Day” which occurred on January 1st.
  9. The “Watchnight” Tradition for New Year’s Eve 1862/ Day 1863
  10. Empathy for the brutality experienced by other human beings
  11. Ron implores us to learn our history

Of course, our original inspiration was this post from LadyG.


Part I

Part II

Time Magazine Article:  ‘The Slaves Dread New Year’s Day the Worst’: The Grim History of January

Happy 2021 From My Southern Kitchen!

Watch how I spent most of the time in my Southern kitchen on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. On New Year’s Eve, I prepared shrimp cocktail with a herbed dip, deviled eggs, egg salad sandwiches, and my daughter made some “gourmet style” brownies. My son prepared a huge “philly style” cheese steak and my Dad shucked a couple of oysters for us to enjoy on the half shell.

On New Year’s Day, you already know I got my greens for the money and my black-eyed peas for the luck! I added in some pigtails and flap jacks to make it sho ’nuff Southern! LOL! Enjoy!

What You Must Do Before New Year’s Day…According to Mama

This video, based on one of my original posts here on Seek The Best Blog, details all of the things that my mother required us to do BEFORE New Year’s Day!

My mother was very supersitious and like many of the folks who were born and raised in the South, the idea of the unknown that accompanies a new year is bound to birth any number of superstitions and “old wives tales” that were used as guidance FOR “good luck” and AGAINST “bad luck.”

Don’t get me wrong, they prayed to God, but they hedged their bets! LOL!!!

I hope that you enjoy the video and you can link to the original post HERE!