New Year’s Traditions at Home
Home has meant more to us than ever this year, but let’s face it, we’re all looking forward to 2021.
No matter how you choose to ring in the New Year at home - from a cosy movie night on the sofa to a bottomless banquette for your household – see if you can take some time to squeeze in a New Year’s tradition and let’s send 2020 away for good.
We’ve pulled together some of the most popular traditions from around the world as inspiration. Take a look!
New Year’s resolution
This may be an obvious one, but it’s tradition to decide on a New Year’s resolution before the clock strikes midnight. Whether it’s to learn a new skill or hobby, buy your first home or even to just live life to the fullest – when planning your resolution try to be realistic and don’t choose something you’ll give up by mid-January - let’s face it, giving up chocolate for the whole year is near impossible!
Don’t be too hard on yourself and think of goals that will be achievable and meaningful then plan how you’ll tackle them.
Auld Lang Syne
Another popular tradition, and one that many households partake in is singing Auld Lang Syne at midnight while crossing hands with your family and friends. This year may be a little different but grab your household when the clock strikes 12 and sing this traditional tune – bonus points if you know all the words!
Originally penned by Scottish writer Robert Burns in 1788, the lyrics became an international anthem to sing on New Year’s Eve and encourages us to reflect on the past and move forward together.
If you’re from Scotland you’re probably familiar with the first footing. This is the belief that the first person to enter your home on New Year’s Day will bring good luck for the next year – and we all need a little bit more of that!
This may sound simple, however traditionally the luckiest first footers are said to be tall, dark haired men and he should bring with him a symbolic gift this can be, a coin, bread, coal or even a drink. Sorry ladies, you may have to skip this one.
New Year’s Kiss
You’ve heard of this one before – if you’ve got a partner pucker up and grab them for a midnight smooch!
The tradition behind the kiss has many different values around the world, but the common belief is that it will strengthen and set the tone of your relationship for the following year.
Leaping into 2021
In Denmark, a traditional way to mark the New Year is to stand on a chair and leap into January at midnight to bring good luck.
Why not give it a go? Just be careful not to fall!
Crack open the windows
We may be in the heart of winter, but opening the windows and doors is one way to say goodbye to 2020. This is popular in the Philippines as it’s believed that negative energy will leave your home, and good energy will enter.
So, let in some fresh air as you bring in the New Year!
Eat 12 grapes
Yes, you read that right! Eat 12 grapes before the clock strikes 00:01. This mainly occurs in Spain and is believed to bring good luck each month of the following year - but make sure you eat them all in a minute, or you’ll face more misfortune in the coming year.
Pick a white outfit
Is white your colour? In Brazil wearing white on New Year’s Eve is said to bring peace and good luck – this should make picking out your attire a little easier. Whether it’s your pjs or a fancy frock… why not embrace the fashion statement in your living room and get your household to join in.
… and celebrate!
No matter how you’re planning on commemorating the New Year, 2020 has been difficult for us all and New Year’s Eve is the perfect opportunity to reflect and reset. Before the clock strikes midnight, grab your favourite bottle of bubbly and make a toast to the year ahead!
We hope you have an amazing New Year and don’t forget to share your traditions with us on social by tagging @KeepmoatHomes.