12 grapes at midnight
When I was a kid, my family gathered in the dining room close to midnight to choose 12 grapes. The grapes that we will all eat at each stroke announcing new year’s eve midnight for good luck.
This is an old Spanish tradition that has spread out around the world. One year, I was in Turks and Caicos and we went to the jail (club Med) to receive the new year and were given a little pouch with guess what… 12 grapes!
In my family, I was taught that the each grape represented a month of the year… so I guess we had our own little twist. I like the idea of each grape being a month of the past year. Closing the door on the past and moving on to live the present. That is my own little twist!
Nutrients in 12 grapes
From the nutritional point of view, I can’t help it, just 12 grapes have 3% of the Vitamin C and 10.75% of the Vitamin K of RDA allowance. Their overwhelming number of phytonutrients in grapes support health and provide many of our body systems with predictable benefits. Areas of benefit in grape research include the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, immune system, inflammatory system, blood sugar regulating system, nervous system and cancer prevention. But perhaps the most well-known fact is that grapes have several phytonutrients that play a role in longevity with resveratrol at the top of the list in this area of research. For more information about health benefits and how select them store them, see the World’s healthiest foods.
Customs and superstitions to welcome the new year
We also had a superstition of walking with a suitcase outside to get to travel in the new year. But my favorite custom was to go visit the neighbors and wish them happy new year after the stroke of midnight. We will be out until the wee hours of the morning hugging, kissing, eating, dancing, and toasting to the new year. Then we will come back my abuelita’s house and continue to party until the sun came out.
In Canada, I learned about making new resolutions. I love this custom! Having a new year, a clean slate full of possibilities to accomplish anything we put our own heart into it, is brilliant!
Lately, my resolutions are more like plans that I trust the universe will provide the resources and opportunities…
I like to quote David Richo words on commitments and practices as I think it helps to succeed with resolutions or plans:
"There may be times when we may not remain faithful to our practices; at times we may slack off or procrastinate. Success with these commitments lies not in perfect compliance but in frequent start-overs, ever-new approximations. We are always working with a beginner’s mind. Hence, all that matters is that we were underway one more time than we give up, pick up the ball one more time than we drop it, go back to the drawing board one more time than we abandon it."
What ever your traditions are or what you choose to do to welcome the new year, I hope you find some time to connect with your inner light and reflect the love that this connection gives you. Love to hear about your traditions and what you did to welcome the new year.
Happy new year!
This cold infusion is the perfect virgin cocktail to serve at your parties. It is cooling and helps to reduce Pita. It is also good to help you hydrate quickly.