Monday, January 4, 2010

Hello 2010

New Year's Eve included the traditional midnight meal, or Media Noche, and Dick Clark's Rocking New Year's Eve Party on TV for me and my family. As the girls and I were preparing our Media Noche, I asked my son to tape some grapes on top of the doors. He gave me a weird look and asked, "Is this some kind of prank, Mom?" I laughed and assured him that it wasn't; it's something meant to bring us luck in the New Year. "This is one of the weirdest things I've ever had to do for you, Mommy." He said. But he did it anyway.

I got the tradition from my mother-in-law, and where she got it from, I don't even know. But I do know that hanging grapes by the door is supposed to bring in financial luck for the rest of the year. I know it's awfully supersitious of me. I have been remiss with these traditions through the years, but this year, I figured there wouldn't be any harm in trying them out. So, I carried a few classic traditions out, like making sure I wore somethiing with polka-dots at the stroke of midnight, serving circular dishes (like pork loin - which is cylindrical, I know, but that's close enough... right?), and a fruit salad with 13 fruits (again symbolizing good luck). And on the first of January, I made sure we did not spend.  No purchase made the whole day. Even when my daughter needed passport photos on that day, I somehow convinced her to get them done on the second instead. Haha, that's not too terrible of me, right?

Right before Media Noche, my family said our traditional prayers. We went around the table and had each of us offer prayers of gratitude for the year past, and prayers of hopes for 2010.
So hello 2010! Let's begin another year!


  1. Happy 2010 to you and to your family! Keep Loving!

  2. hi deng! happy new year too... here's to a wonderful year ahead of us! cheers!

  3. I saw your blog included among the 5 star foodie roundup, Congratulations! Now I'm clicking on to see and discover the rest that you have here. Keep it up!

  4. Thanks Daryl! I'm actually tickled pink that I was included. Great to see you stop by, and please do stop by anytime!

  5. Thank so much for stopping by. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  6. Oh thank you Catherine! I'm thrilled to see you too! Here's to a great year ahead of us... Cheers!

  7. I love hearing about NY traditions. I hadn't heard about the grapes. My husband's family has always put money outside, just a few cents. If it grows you'll have financial luck all year. If you have to borrow to put some out you'll be in debt all year. So funny how these things pass down.

  8. Hi Lori!

    Great to see you stop by! Im also thrilled to see that you've included me in your list of blogs to follow! Thank you so much.

    Yeah... I love family traditions, they are sometimes funny sometimes weird.. but no matter what, it makes us who we are!

    Happy New Year Lori!

  9. Happy New Year. May you have the best year ever. It's really nice to know other Pinay blogging. No matter where you are in this world, I wish all the blessings of God. Thank you for your support and keep on blogging. Just email me ok. :D

  10. Hi Divina,
    I'm thrilled to see you stop by... I'm a fan of yours you know that haha!
    Thanks for all the tips, and yes I shall email you again soon.
    Thanks Mucho!

  11. Your story about taping grapes made me literally laugh out loud! My mom ALWAYS did that and she would keep them up all year. One day, when I was moving back home after college, my friends and I accidentally knocked off all the grapes when we pushed my mattress through the front door. We were mortified!!!

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  13. You should have seen how my kids laughed about the idea... you said your mom does it too? that's funny! hmmm I wonder where she got it from ...


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