Good Luck foods for the New Year.
There are a number of foods that are considered to be good luck to eat on New Year’s. They are all symbolizing long life and prosperity.
What most people miss in modern times is that midwinter can be pretty frightening. You have only the foods you’ve stored, can still forage, or otherwise produce to see you through the winter.
Being able to “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” means that you have done pretty well at that task, and can celebrate that you and yours are likely to make it through another winter.
We had bowls of ham and black-eyed peas here.