Here we are once again, celebrating the start of a new year. Last night our New Years tradition continued…Kelly having friends over to help bring in 2015. I think she’s been having her little get-togethers for about four years now, which translates to Nate making pizza! This seems to also be a trending tradition at our house on this special night.
Since Kelly is hosting the party, she got to choose what she wanted on the pizzas. This is always a fun thing to get to do. She made up some delicious ingredients to put together. Her first pizza…Chicken & Apple Sausage with sliced honey crisp apples and mozzarella cheese. A fan favorite! Her second one had Italian Sausage with red peppers & mozzarella. A classic pizza that the guys really liked.
Nate wasn’t the only one working cooking today. Kelly and her friend Emily, got to work before the party and made cupcakes. They hung out and “snap-chatted” while the cupcakes baked, then frosted them with buttercream.
While Kelly’s party was going on downstairs, Nate and I were able to hang out in the kitchen at the island and watch all the 2014 entertainment shows. They were quite funny and now we have lots to go find on YouTube. We had our own private pizza party with a glass of wine. Perfect New Years dinner for our casual night.
We watched the ball drop in Time Square at midnight to get our new year underway. What I enjoyed afterward, was watching how all the other countries and cities celebrate the new year. It got me thinking that I must look up a few of these traditions around the world. Here are some of my favorite interesting things I found.
In Chili, folks eat lentils when the clock strikes midnight. It is supposed to usher in a prosperous new year.
In Ecuador, a scarecrow represents all the negativity of the previous year. Therefore, burning it at midnight is a cleansing thing. The idea is that positive energy and good luck will follow.
This is one of my favorites. In Ireland, folks bang bread against the walls and doors of the house to chase out the bad luck and bad spirits away in the new year and invite the good spirits in. Wouldn’t this be fun!!
In Russia, New Year’s Eve is bigger than Christmas. Russia has a “New Year’s Tree” and there’s a big celebration with fireworks and live music every year in Red Square.
I did notice last night on tv, that most places have fireworks. Noisemaking and fireworks on New Year’s Eve is believed to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck. The Chinese are credited with inventing fireworks and use them to spectacular effect in their New Year’s Celebrations.
Another American tradition is the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Tournament of Roses parade that precedes the football game on New Year’s day is made up of elaborate and inventive floats. The first parade was held in 1886. This is my favorite parade to watch and is on my “bucket list.” I hope to someday sit in those stands and enjoy those aromatic, gorgeous floats travel down the parade route. They are just amazing to me.
Speaking of football, our Minnesota Gophers have made it to a New Year’s Day bowl game. This hasn’t happened since the ’60’s. It’s a pretty big deal here in our state and many people have traveled to Orlando, Florida to watch the Minnesota Gopher’s take on the Missouri Tigers in the Citrus Bowl. My friend Jean is there with her girlfriends. They drove 27 hours to enjoy this game! I’m sure it will be worth it and the weather is sunny and 75 degrees, so that right there, makes it worth the trip, no matter what the outcome of the game. We didn’t travel to Florida, but are enjoying the game from our couch.
Soon Nate will build a fire in our fireplace and the day is set. Football, reading, beverages, blankets, walking tacos, cheese & crackers, leftover cupcakes, and all else that brings coziness to our home. After all, isn’t this the way to kick off a new year? I think so, and it’s been a long tradition in the Solberg home that I look forward to each January 1st.
Happy New Year everyone and enjoy the day!