The old new year traditions of my family come from the Deep South - ham, collard greens and black-eyed peas. My Grandmother used to eat 365 black-eyed-peas on each New Year's Day, one for good luck on each of the days of the coming year.
I don't follow these traditions at all. I don't even like black-eyed peas. Bleah. We started a Renaissance New Years Party withour friends, and I do a really kickin' Renaissance-style venison stew for it every year. No New World ingredients at all, only things that would have been available in 1500s England. No potatoes, no tomatoes, no peppers, noting like that. Only things like parsnips, turnips, carrots, raisins, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, cubebs, herbs, wine, etc. The party has grown, and when one lady asked her teen-age son if he was coming, he said he was if there was venison stew again!
Open your mind, but not so far your brain falls out
"Hurry up, before we all come to our senses!" - King Julien