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January 6, 2022
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A Little Good Luck
by Joey Bokor

For our family, the start of the new year is not complete without some staple good-luck foods. Our tradition is ham, black-eyed peas, and collard greens. There isn't a New Year's Day in recent memory where we didn't cook some combination of these three staples.

Until recently, I hadn't thought much about why these three tasty items are common for New Year's Day meals, and it turns out that there is a little tradition behind each one. The peas and the greens represent financial good luck, with the peas representing coins and the greens representing the green of money. Pretty cool, but I like the reason for the pork tradition better. Apparently, pork is favored on New Year's Day, because pigs eat and root moving forward, whereas chickens are always kicking dirt behind them. Somehow that observation led to the tradition of avoiding chicken because it represents looking at the past and eating pork, because it represents moving forward and looking to the future. Interestingly, avoiding eating beef (cows eat standing still) and crab (they move sideways) are also part of the tradition of eating pork. True or not, I'm going to stick to our New Year's tradition. Not only is it tasty, but I am happy to have a little extra luck in any way that I can find it.

What are some of your New Year's Day food traditions? In doing a quick search, I saw references to eating cornbread, sauerkraut, grapes, raisins, and pomegranates as a few good luck traditions. I hope that whatever your traditions are, that they bring you good luck, good health, and a prosperous year.

And don't forget that we are back today at noon EST with the first restock of 2022. A New Year means lots of things, but for us it definitely means new plants. Check out some of what is going live below. To kick off the new year, through 1/12/22 you'll get 22% off your purchase of $22 or more, with no code required. Happy New Year!


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