Way back in December of 2006, my mother-in-law brought a Spanish exchange student to our house for Christmas break. We had a wonderful time introducing her to an American Christmas, and in turn we learned about her most important New Year’s tradition.
On New Year’s Eve she insisted that we buy grapes, and was astonished to see piles of them left in the grocery store when we went to buy them that night. She told us that back home she had to buy her grapes early because all of the markets sold out long before dark on the 31st.
Ten minutes before midnight we all sat at the dining room table with a bowl of twelve grapes each. We were instructed to eat the grapes one at a time and, while we chewed each juicy morsel, we must make a wish. The bowl, and the wishes, had to be done by the stroke of midnight or all would be lost.
I love this custom. Ever since that night I have adopted this as my favorite New Year’s Eve tradition. I have not failed in the years since to eat my grapes and make my wishes before midnight, and I would say that things have been going pretty well.
What’s your favorite New Year’s tradition?