First Footing: The first person to enter your home after the stroke of midnight will influence the year you're about to have.
Ideally, he should be dark-haired, tall, and good-looking, and it would be even better if he came bearing certain small gifts
such as a lump of coal, a silver coin, a bit of bread, a sprig of evergreen, and some salt. Blonde and redhead first footers
bring bad luck, and female first footers should be shooed away before they bring disaster down on the household.
Squint-eyed, flat-footed, or red-haired men bring bad luck If they are first-footers, and so does a woman. But a man with
a high instep, or one who comes on a horse, is considered particularly lucky.
Paying Off Bills: The new year should not be begun with the household in debt, so checks should be written and mailed off
prior to January 1st. Likewise, personal debts should be settled before the New Year arrives.
Kissing at midnight: To ensure that those affections and ties will continue throughout the next twelve months. To not do this
would be to set the stage for a year of coldness
Black-Eyes Peas: A tradition common to the Southern part of the United States says that the eating of black-eyed peas on New
Year's Day will attract both general good luck and money in particular to the one doing the dining
A person who lives alone might place a lucky item or two in a basket that has a string tied to it, and then place the basket
just outside the front door before midnight. After midnight, the lone celebrant hauls in his catch, being careful to bring
the item across the doorjamb by pulling the string rather than by reaching out to retrieve it and thus breaking the plane
of the threshold.
Money: Do not pay back loans or lend money or other precious items on New Year's Day. To do so is to guarantee you'll be paying
out all year.
Breakage: Avoid breaking things on that first day lest wreckage be part of your year. Also, avoid crying on the first day
of the year lest that activity set the tone for the next twelve months
Children born on New Year's Day bring great fortune and prosperity to all the household.
To dance in the open air, especially round a tree, on New Year's Day is declared to ensure luck in love and prosperity and
freedom from ill health during the coming twelve months.
Empty pockets or empty cupboards on New Years Eve portend a year of poverty
Its bad luck to let a fire go out on New Year's Eve.
You could ensure yourself good fortune by draining the last dregs from a bottle of drink on New Years!
Letting the Old Year Out: At midnight, all the doors of a house must be opened to let the old year escape unimpeded. He must
leave before the New Year can come in, says popular wisdom, so doors are flung open to assist him in finding his way out.