DID YOU have the traditional pork and sauerkraut at the start of the New Year? If you did, you’re in luck, according to a long-time belief which apparently originated among the Germans. The following history of our traditional custom was found on the internet.
“Eating sauerkraut on New Year’s Eve is a long-standing tradition in Germany. It is believed that eating sauerkraut will bring blessings and wealth for the new year. Before the meal, those seated at the table wish each other as much goodness and money as the number of shreds of cabbage in the pot of sauerkraut. The pig has long been a symbol for good luck and well-being. Because of this, many people believe that eating a meal with pork will bring good luck in the coming new year. For those who prefer not to eat pork on New Year’s Eve, a sweet alternative, such as Marizan-pigs or pig shaped chocolates, is believed to have the same benefits.”
   WITH A small pork roast and large can of Snowfloss kraut, I’ve had three good meals. Does that mean I might be three times blessed, lucky and wealthy?
A QUICK overview of 2016 shows that this year could be as crazy as the weather was last year. This is a presidential election year and from a year of pre-election posturing it promises to be even greater this year. In addition to all the political noise, I think we’ll have the noisy hum of the return of the 17-year locusts (cicadas) which also threaten our young trees.
IF THAT’S not enough to disturb a normal year, consider this. It’s Leap Year which also makes both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall on a Saturday night. That results in Christmas on Sunday which will create conflict with opening gifts and attending church services. The following Sunday will find a struggle between church and all the parades and the college football bowl games.
THE OLD Farmer’s Almanac predicts January will be colder and drier than normal but with more than average snow. Whatever happens, accept the things you cannot change and enjoy the interesting change of seasons.
jeanealities is compiled by Jean Palmer Davies, lifetime Barnesville Enterprise associate. She may be reached at jeandavies@comcast.net.