African-American New Year’s Traditions



Food Traditions

Pig Feet, Black Eyed Peas and Greens

The Black Eyed Peas are Greens symbolized Good Luck and Prosperity. Greens being the color of money in the United States. Not too sure about the Pigs Feet or as some Southerners call Trotters as it did not bring the pig good luck!

I stopped eating Pigs Feet years ago and I’m too lazy to cook the Black Eyed Peas or the Greens.  The only Black Eyed Peas I’ve encountered recently is the singing group!! LOL!



Cleaning your entire house and washing all your clothes!

Yes folks today every Black Person in America is doing their laundry including yours truly! I suppose right now my room is fairly clean. This morning I cleaned Sylvester’s litter box and emptied the trash. But I suppose I take after my mother Mable Palmer who was the Cleaning Queen of the World. Mom would turn the house upside down cleaning.  I believe the cleaning of laundry and house brings a fresh clean start to the New Year!

When I was in Spain the tradition was to eat 12 grapes all at once which I did in December 1979 and as I recall 1980 was a good year for me.

About two years ago I went to my Japanese friends Buddhist Temple on New Years Day to celebrate Japanese style. That was enjoyable!

Please share any food, cultural or spiritual New Years Traditions you have or practice!!







Final Caturday for 2016



Laurie Berkner – The Cat Came Back


Felix the cat (original theme song)



Bible Hope


Bible Hope

Hebrews 11:1

King James Version (KJV)

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


James 2:18-26

King James Version (KJV)

18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.