When planning my New Year's Eve 2012 menu, I came across an excellent article on what to eat and what
What are you eating this New Year that may bring you good luck throughout 2012? When I sat down to plan my New Year’s menu and typed in “foods for New Year’s”, I was led to this. An excellent little article on traditions and what are believed to be lucky foods. There are six major categories: grapes, greens, fish, pork, legumes, and cakes. I also found it interesting that the amount of greens that are eaten may predict one’s fortune. That could explain why I am so poor. Our tradition was to eat a spoonful of sauerkraut at midnight. This year I am eating tons of sauerkraut. I’ll also be serving pork (it signifies wealth and prosperity) and I’m thinking of trying my hand at baking a dessert from Holland: the ollie bollen, a puffy, donut-like pastries filled with apples, raisins, and currants.
There is also a list of What Not to Eat. “Lobster is a bad idea because they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks. Chicken is also discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past. Another theory warns against eating any winged fowl because good luck could fly away.”
I'm thinking of following with the German custom (or superstition) of leaving a little bit of each food on your plate past midnight to guarantee a stocked pantry in the New Year. Nothing wrong with cleaning up in the morning.