Friday, January 7, 2011
By Karen Sharpe
Some of the New Year traditions are borrowed from other countries and have made it into American culture. You’re not supposed to sweep on New Year’s Day because you would sweep out all of your good luck. You are not supposed to carry anything out of the home – not even the garbage – unless you have already brought something in. Bad luck to wash clothes or sew on New Year’s Day because if you do, you’ll be doing the same for a dead person before the year is out. Most importantly, what you are doing on the first day (I’ve also heard at the stroke of midnight), will affect your fate or set the pattern for the other 364 days.
In some traditions, the entire house must be clean on New Year’s Eve, which includes laundry. I have even heard that it’s bad luck to leave the Christmas tree up after New Year’s Eve. At the stroke of midnight, you should also make a whole lot of noise to drive out the evil spirits from your home – they hate noise. One should also make amends with those you’ve had cross words with, which makes for a clean start to the new year. Paying off the bills prior to New Year’s Day so the household would not be in debt seems to be a prevalent tradition in many countries. Cupboards are supposed be stocked so that will be the way they should stay for the rest of the year. To kiss loved ones at midnight ensures warmth and close ties for the next 12 months. Supposedly, if you don’t kiss your significant others, that means you will set the stage for the “opposite of warmth” in your year.
Superstition also holds that the first person who sets foot into your home after the stroke of midnight should be a dark-haired man, preferably tall and good-looking, bearing some small gift. I read an old English superstition that goes even further – blond or redheaded men bring bad luck – and if the first footer is female, shoo her away, even if you have to aim a gun at her, just don’t let her in before a dark man crosses your threshold first. I howled with laughter after reading that pearl of wisdom.
As far as what will I be doing on New Year’s Day that will affect my fate for the rest of the year? Writing! However, the laundry can most definitely wait until January 2nd. And if the tall, good looking “first footer” crosses my threshold (He better have my Christmas present with his bald-headed crazy self!), we’re going out to eat! Happy New Year!♥
Karen P. Sharpe has been an astrologer for over three decades. She majored in cartooning and animation, which she uses today in her decorative painting business. Karen worked for years in the typography industry, as a proofreader and a quality control specialist. She wrote nonfiction articles for several weekly NYC newspapers, and monthly astrology columns for CableView Magazine, Harlem News Group and Street News. Karen’s NaNoWriMo novel is available on Amazon under her pen name, Sydelle Houston, and she is currently working on a collection of erotic short stories called, THE HOT PAGES.