New Years Resolutions.
Global Good Luck Traditions
Year's upon us, here's a look at some of the good luck rituals
from around the world. They are believed to bring good fortune
and prosperity in the coming year.
The suckling pig is the symbol for good luck for the new year.
It's served on a table decorated with tiny edible pigs.
Dessert often consists of green peppermint ice cream in the
shape of a four-leaf clover.
ENGLAND - The
British place their fortunes for the coming year in the hands
of their first guest. They believe the first visitor of each
year should be male and bearing gifts. Traditional gifts are
coal for the fire, a loaf for the table and a drink for the
master. For good luck, the guest should enter through the
front door and leave through the back. Guests who are
empty-handed or unwanted are not allowed to enter first.
WALES - At the first toll of midnight, the back
door is opened and then shut to release the old year and lock
out all of its bad luck. Then at the twelfth stroke of the
clock, the front door is opened and the New Year is welcomed
with all of its luck.
HAITI - In Haiti, New
Year's Day is a sign of the year to come. Haitians wear new
clothing and exchange gifts in the hope that it will bode well
for the new year.
SICILY - An old Sicilian
tradition says good luck will come to those who eat lasagna on
New Year's Day, but woe if you dine on macaroni, for any other
noodle will bring bad luck.
SPAIN - In Spain,
when the clock strikes midnight, the Spanish eat 12 grapes,
one with every toll, to bring good luck for the 12 months
PERU - The Peruvian New Year's custom is
a spin on the Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes at the
turn of the year. But in Peru, a 13th grape must be eaten to
assure good luck.
GREECE - A special New Year's
bread is baked with a coin buried in the dough. The first
slice is for the Christ child, the second for the father of
the household and the third slice is for the house. If the
third slice holds the coin, spring will come early that year.
JAPAN - The Japanese decorate their homes in
tribute to lucky gods. One tradition, kadomatsu, consists of a
pine branch symbolizing longevity, a bamboo stalk symbolizing
prosperity, and a plum blossom showing nobility.
CHINA - For the Chinese New Year, every front
door is adorned with a fresh coat of red paint, red being a
symbol of good luck and happiness. Although the whole family
prepares a feast for the New Year, all knives are put away for
24 hours to keep anyone from cutting themselves, which is
thought to cut the family's good luck for the next year.
UNITED STATES - The kiss shared at the stroke
of midnight in the United States is derived from masked balls
that have been common throughout history. As tradition has it,
the masks symbolize evil spirits from the old year and the
kiss is the purification into the new year.
NORWAY - Norwegians make rice pudding at New
Year's and hide one whole almond within. Guaranteed wealth
goes to the person whose serving holds the lucky
Top 10 Most Common New Year Resolutions
Now it's your turn- Take
- Lose weight
- Stop smoking
- Stick to a budget
- Save or earn more money
- Find a better job
- Become more organized
- Exercise more
- Be more patient at work/with others
- Eat better
- Become a better person
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AN EMAIL I RECEIVED:
Slow DownJack took a long look at his speedometer
before slowing down: 73 in a 55 zone. Fourth time in as many
months. How could a guy get caught so often?
car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over, but only
partially. Let the cop worry about the potential traffic
hazard. Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a
mirror. The cop was stepping out of his car, the big pad in
Bob? Bob from Church? Jack sunk farther into his
trench coat. This was worse than the coming ticket. A cop
catching a guy from his own church. A guy who happened to be a
little eager to get home after a long day at the office. A guy
he was about to play golf with tomorrow.
of the car, he approached a man he saw every Sunday, a man
he'd never seen in uniform.
"Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting
you like this."
"Hello, Jack." No smile.
"Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my
wife and kids."
"Yeah, I guess." Bob seemed uncertain.
Good. "I've seen some long days at the office lately. I'm
afraid I bent the rules a bit -just this once."
toed at a pebble on the pavement. "Diane said something about
roast beef and potatoes tonight. Know what I mean?" "I know
what you mean. I also know that you have a reputation in our
precinct ." Ouch. This was not going in the right direction.
Time to change tactics.
"What'd you clock me at?"
"Seventy. Would you sit back in your car please?"
"Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as I
saw you. I was barely nudging 65." The lie seemed to come
easier with every ticket.
"Please, Jack, in the car"
Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-
open door. Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard. He
was in no rush to open the window.
The minutes ticked
by. Bob scribbled away on the pad.
Why hadn't he asked
for a driver's license?
Whatever the reason, it would
be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop
again. A tap on the door jerked his head to the left. There
was Bob, a folded paper in hand Jack rolled down the window a
mere two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the
"Thanks." Jack could not quite keep the sneer
out of his voice.
Bob returned to his police car
without a word. Jack watched his retreat in the mirror. Jack
unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was this one going to
Wait a minute. What was this? Some kind of joke?
Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:
"Dear Jack, Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was
six when killed by a car. You guessed it- a speeding driver. A
fine and three months in jail, and the man was free. Free to
hug his daughters, all three of them. I only had one, and I'm
going to have to wait until Heaven before I can ever hug her
A thousand times I've tried to forgive that
man. A thousand times I thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need
to do it again. Even now. Pray for me. And be careful, Jack,
my son is all I have left."
around in time to see Bob's car pull away and head down the
road. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes
later, he too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for
forgiveness and hugging a surprised wife and kids when he
Life is precious. Handle with care. This is
an important message; please pass it along to your friends.
Drive safely and carefully. Remember, cars are not the only
things recalled by their maker..
Funny how you can
send a thousand jokes through e- mail and they spread like
wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the
sanctity of life, people think twice about sharing.
Funny how when you go to forward this message, you
will not send it to many on your address list because you're
not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for
sending it to them.
Pass this on, you may save a life.
Maybe not, but we'll never know if we don't try.
today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you
are exactly where you are meant to be. "I believe that friends
are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have
trouble remembering how to fly."
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Mini Pre-Concert Farmington Festival Orchestra Director
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Shield's New Years Eve Party Sat Dec 31|
Gayle Shields will be hosting her annual New Years Eve
Party starting at 7:00 PM. Bring a dish to pass. There will be
a pastry table so don't bring any pastry. Bring your own
drinks and $10 Invite your friends
Gayle lives at 2129 Tall Oaks in Troy there is a link to a
||Here is the the
New Years Eve Party|
Sterling Chateau 38500 Ryan Road just south of 17 Mile in
Sterling Heights. (Holy Ghost Orthadox Church)
8:30 to 1:00 AM Doors open at 8:00 PM Food Refreshments
Party Favors Dance to a DJ
Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased by
December 30. Advance Sales only. Contact Loretta 586-264-0284
or Bill at 248-543-7385
Year's Eve Dance|
15th ANNUAL NEW YEARS EVE PARTY, DINNER & DANCE
Saturday, December 31 DOUBLETREE HOTEL - NOVI EVERYONE IS
Many singles and singles groups will be
joining together for a New Years Eve Party, Dinner & Dance
to remember. Event will be hosted by the Metropolitan Single
Professionals. The party will be held in the Main Ballroom at
The Doubletree Hotel 27000 Sheraton Dr (Novi Road at I-96, use
Exit 162). Doors open at 8:00 PM. Evening Starts with Cheese
and Crackers, Vegetables with Dip and Fresh Sliced Fruit &
Berries (8:30 PM). Your evening will Also include an Elaborate
and Hearty Hors d’oeuvre Dinner Buffet (9:00 PM - 11:00 PM)
Including: Caesar Salad, Spring Rolls, Spankopita, Polynesian
Chicken Kabobs, Beef Teriyaki Brochettes, Mini Quiche, Chef’s
Pasta with Assorted Sauces, Swedish Meatballs, Deluxe Coffee
Station with Whipped Cream, Orange Zest, Chocolate Shavings
& Cinnamon Sticks, Chef’s Dessert, Hats, Noise Makers,
Party Favors, Midnight Champagne Toast, Late Night Tea &
Coffee Bar and MORE... Chef’s Choice. Top 40 D.J. Cash Bar,
Many Great Door Prizes.
Admission is $55 in advance -
Received by December 28. Or $65 at the door The ballroom is
Non-Smoking Attire is Holiday Dressy, Coat & Tie Required
for Men NYE INFORMATION (248) 544-6445 www.mspsc.com
Driving a Long way or Just don’t want to drive?
*Please Note There Is a Special Hotel Room Rate. Hotel rooms
are available $99 call the Doubletree at (248) 348-5000
To RSVP in advance Mail your check to: MSP, P.O. Box
2022, Farmington Hills, MI 48333
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