Happy New Years Eve!

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Hi everyone! I’m counting the hours down for 2017 to arrive! As of right now, it’s 12 hours away. Do you have any plans for tonight? It’s been SO long since I’ve gone out on New Years Eve! I’m really excited about going out tonight. I can’t drink that much because a lot of cops will be out. If I remember correctly, it’s supposedly a $10,000 fine for being caught drinking and driving here! Yeah, no thank you!

Since I was a kid, my New Years Eve tradition is eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. You can also make some wishes for the new year. The 12 grapes (green are best according to National Public Radio) are said to bring prosperity for the new year. The tradition comes from Spain. Mexico and various Latin American countries also participate. NPR also suggests wearing red underwear on New Years Eve as a good luck charm for the upcoming year. You can check out the story here. Why grapes? The Black Label says grape growers wanted to sell large quantities of grapes in the 1800’s. It’s also said the wealthy in Madrid wanted to copy the French on the last day of the year so they eat grapes and drink sparkling wine. Sweet grapes guarantee good luck and sour grapes suggest bad vibes. Here is the Black Label’s story. Do you have any New Years Eve traditions? Feel free to share them in the comments section. Have a happy and safe New Years Eve, everyone and I’ll see you next year πŸ™‚        

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  1. Hi there! Thank you for your comment and for sharing your post! I’m going to read it! Thank you for also following my blog! I’m following you too!

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  2. Hi Kat! Happy New Year to you! I had fun, even though I paid for it the next day. Lol. Hope you feel better soon! Glad you like my song picks! Take care! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  3. Happy New Year girlfriend…hope you had a wonderful time….we spent it quietly at home…been fighting a stinking head cold so no champagne for us….so sad about all the wonderful people we have been loosing these last few months…can’t even wrap my head around it….love your song licks…Bruno Mars rocks and I have been in love with Santana for years….LOL have a great January……xxxxkat

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  4. This tradition with the grapes are much used here in Spain. It is just about finding not so big grapes, otherwise we get strangled. For each call of the bell we eat one grape for good luck in the coming year.

    In Denmark, where I come from, the traditions are different. There we started we champagne 12 pm and then a cake baked with crushed almonds, as many buy, because it is a big job to create for yourself. I preferred to make it myself.
    You can see a photo of this kind of cake here: https://www.google.es/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Flaglace.dk%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2015%2F10%2F32.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Flaglace.dk%2Fsortiment%2Fkransekager%2F&docid=tqDNivWy611kxM&tbnid=lxQa8nrBLhzYOM%3A&vet=1&w=280&h=385&bih=530&biw=853&q=kransekage&ved=0ahUKEwiVwvX80aDRAhUDOBQKHdsEDqcQMwhVKBowGg&iact=mrc&uact=8

    Happy New Year Lisa πŸ™‚

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  5. I have never had menudo but heard a lot about it…sounds yummy…!!!…I would like to try it one day soon…☻
    I wish you and your family a wonderful and nice New Year’s Eve and day as well…
    from the looks of it I will be around here lol…☻β™₯β™₯

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  6. Hi Suzette! I’ve heard of the black eyed peas for good luck and health. We’re eating menudo tomorrow. My friend’s making it for tonight too. Ohh I didn’t know about not washing clothes tomorrow. Yikes! Thanks for the heads up. Have a nice New Year’s Eve/Day! πŸ’–

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  7. Hey gurl!!!…
    Never heard of the grapes(me loves grapes)and wish I would have known so that when better half went to the store maybe he could have picked some up … but we make black eyed peas and ham 2morrow for good luck and health …On a scary but true note we DO NOT WASH CLOTHES 2MORROW!!!…this has been going on for hundred of years at least…every time one has washed clothes a family member has died that year…Now I know that sounds crazy but this gurl never takes the chance with a history like that lol…
    I hope you have a great time at your friends home and have a drink for me ok …2 for me…be safe gurly gurl…
    Hugggs n β™₯ to you and your family
    Suzette

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  8. Oh wow! I haven’t seen that episode! Have fun eating and watching football! I’ll be watching my Cowboys and your Eagles tomorrow! Lol. Happy New Year to you and your wife! 🍾🍷🍸

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  9. Oh that’s really interesting, Kerry! I’ve never heard of that tradition. Happy New Year to you and your husband! I’m praying it’s much better than 2016! 🍷🍾🍸

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  10. Love the grapes idea! We are in a hotel room tonight, just the four of us. Daughter had a dance competition today so we are celebrating tonight with sparkling juice an cable television! We know how to live it up!πŸ˜†

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  11. I saw an episode of “Modern Family” where I first learned of grapes being used to usher in the New Year. Have a great time this evening Lisa. We’ll be staying put watching college football and eating more food than we should…but we’ll worry about any extra calories “next year!” A great 2017 to you and yours!

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  12. I love the idea of the grapes. In Scotland we used to go to complete stranger’s homes (usually your neighbors) with some coal for the fire and a half bottle of whisky. Tonight we visit a Scottish friend’s house in Texas where we listen to the bells chiming in Scotland at midnight (6 pm here) via radio and toast the old country. Happy New Year, Lisa and may it be everything you dream of.

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