When Amy and I started reading about traditions and superstitions for the turn of a new year, one idea stuck: getting your ducks in a row. This means cleaning up, getting bills paid, and getting organized. This is a convenient time for me to do those things since I have a break from school. Today I have been organizing e-mail and setting up my online calendar with Google for the first time. If I can get my study cleaned up a little, maybe I'll have some real control over the new year!
There is also the idea that what you are doing at midnight on New Year's Eve affects what you will be doing for the whole year. This time we are going to go out and socialize, and it would be nice to think that I can be a little more social in 2008. I'm thinking we might actually come home before midnight, though, but that can set the precedent for being social but not partying late at night.
I don't know if this will become our little tradition or not, but I am prepared to cook collard greens, blackeye peas, and cornbread muffins on Tuesday as I did for the first time last New Year's Day. That is related to the superstition about bringing in money for the new year, but maybe it can set a precedent for cooking at home more.