Off to a great start...

Everyone has traditions.  Be it for birthdays, weddings, the first weekend of summer (or the last) and even for holidays like Christmas and New Year's.

Mexico is full of traditions.  I've even written about some of them.  But it's the second day of 2011, so I'm going to tell you about my favorite New Year's tradition, that doesn't include wearing red underwear.  (Read: 5 Rituals for a Happy 2010)

When I was growing up, my grandparents didn't have a lot of family traditions or rituals, except for making tamales for Christmas, attending church every holiday and camping every weekend from Spring until Fall.   But the one I still practice to this day, is their New Year's tradition.

Gramm and Pappy believed that how you started the New Year determined how you would spend the entire year.

December 31st was always spent in a mad frenzy of cleaning, laundry and grocery shopping. Because if you start the New Year with a dirty house, it would be dirty all year long.  Same with the groceries.  If the fridge and pantry weren't well stocked, you'd spend the rest of the year hungry.

January 1st was a day to spend en familia and with good food.  My grandparents believed that if you had those two things (family/friends and food) at the beginning of the year, you'd have them all year long.   

And that's exactly how I spent the day yesterday.

I spent the morning finishing my first cake order of the year, making bread dough and cooking.  Which by my grandparents standards, means I will be spend the rest of the year doing what I love.   

The rest of the day was spent at El Rancho with family and lots of good food.


Not a bad start, is it?

How did you spend New Year's Day?

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