Food is often the centerpiece of any get together. If there is one thing that brings us Southerners together, its food. Whether it be cookouts, a church covered dish fellowship, family celebrations, or a family and friends getting together for the holidays. In our nation tradition dictates turkey for Thanksgiving and ham at Christmas. More than likely your family has its own variation of those holiday traditions, whether it’s how you prepare the meal, or the choice of meat. Some southern family traditions forego the standard turkey and ham and may instead include pheasants, rabbit, or deer meat.

Speaking of standards, if you’re doing it right in the South, then tonight you and your family are setting down to a Southern New Year’s tradition of ham, black eyed peas, greens, and cornbread. I just lost the kid’s, and some of you adults attention when I said black eyed peas and greens. One thing that is understood about this meal, it is supposed to bring you luck in the new year.

History of this New Year’s Good Luck Meal

Often there is an interesting history behind most Southern traditions…and this New Year’s meal is not different. How did this tradition come to be?

Check out “The Southern New Year’s Day Meal” by Jessica Azar at The Southern Weekend.



A Recipe for You To Start Your Own Tradition

So do you share this traditional meal with your family? If you don’t currently have a recipe but are looking for a New Year’s Meal to get started check out this recipe called SOUTHERN NEW YEAR’S DAY DINNER SKILLET found at the bottom of this article.

Tell Us About Your Choice of New Year’s Meal

Does your family pass down a New Year’s meal recipe?How do you prepare yours? Tell us about your meal in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

Live Southern wishes you a Happy New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come. Live Southern…Livin’ it and Lovin’ it, Y’all.

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