10 Fun Facts about New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is a time to think back about what happened in 2015, and to dream about all of the wonderful things that you hope for in 2016.  It's also a time to relax, take a break, and celebrate.  The Devine & Associates Real Estate Team decided to do a little digging, and we found some interesting fun facts about this holiday to share with you.  Quite a few were brand new to us, and some sound like fun traditions to start!

1.  Over 4.000 years ago in Rome was the first New Year's celebration.  New Year's Day was put on January 1 due to the month being named after Janus, the Roman god of doors and gates.  Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking ahead and one looking back.  A perfect symbol for the ending of one year and the beginning of a new one!

2.  Baby New Year is a very familiar symbol for the holiday.  Greek mythology is credited with coming up with this one.  It states that the baby will grow to old age over the course of the year.  On New Year's Eve, it's time for the next Baby New Year to take over.  

3.  You probably won't get through a New Year's Eve without hearing "Auld Lang Syne" at least once.  It was written by the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, in 1788.  Good luck finding someone that actually knows all of the words though!  It's a tough one.     

4.  Make sure to keep your friends and loved ones close by on New Year's Eve. Tradition states that the first people you see after the clock strikes twelve will either bring you good luck or bad luck.  Kissing your beloved at midnight scares away evil and brings fortune to your relationship.   

5.  Eating leafy greens and legumes on New Year's Day is supposed to bring good luck.  Black-eyed peas are the most popular to serve.  There is an old saying that states,"Eat peas on New Year's day to have plenty of everything the rest of the year."  Hey, it couldn't hurt.  

6.  Do not eat lobster or chicken on January 1.  Lobsters can move backward, and chickens can scratch in reverse.  Enjoying these dishes could make your fortune move in reverse instead of in a positive direction.    

7.  Other countries have some pretty entertaining traditions too.  In Spain, twelve grapes are eaten to bring good luck in the coming year.  In Peru, you only receive that good luck if you add a thirteenth grape.  

8.  Lasagna is the popular dish to eat on New Year's Day in Sicily.  We're not sure if it's necessarily a good luck food, but serving any other noodle besides this one is said to bring bad luck.

9.  Italians find their good luck for the entire year by wearing red underwear on January 1. 

10.  In Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, many people stuff a large doll with memories from the past year.  He is known as "Mr. Old Year."  After being dressed in clothes from the past year, he is set on fire at midnight.  This act is thought to burn away all of the bad memories.    

If one of the things that you are looking forward to in 2016 is owning a new home at the Lake of the Ozarks, you don't need luck for that.  You simply need the knowledge and experience of the real estate agents of Devine & Associates to make the experience easy for you.  Buying a new home isn't as hard as you might think, as long as you have the help of a professional.  If selling a property is on your list for next year, we can do that too.  The best real estate agents in central Missouri are here to help.  Happy New Year!  Hopefully we will get to work together in 2016.

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