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OT: Dec 31st, New Years Eve edition

any traditions for New Years that you always keep?Including the tradition of not having a tradition?

Fireworks?

Resolutions?

Singing? " In spite of the popularity of 'Auld Lang Syne', it has aptly been described as 'the song that nobody knows."

Speaking of things Scottish, for Hogmany, there is a town called Stonehaven that has a fireball ceremony. They also eat fruitcakes, oat cakes, and shortbread -- plus the whisky, of course. The Dutch used to have great bonfires to celebrate (and to get rid of dead Christmas tress), but the better Dutch tradition is eating fried dough balls called oliebol -- which look wonderful. In Spain you have "Las doce uvas de la suerte", eating 12 grapes for good luck, one with each toll of the bell, which I think could lead instead to the Heimlich manoeuvre. The Italians have a sausage and lentil stew, their own fried dough balls, called chiacchiere — rolled in honey and powdered sugar — and prosecco. The Japanese have a complicated and beautiful bento box of Osechi-ryōri. The Danes have kransekage, a ring-shaped marzipan cake, the Germans sauerkraut, and Southerners have Hoppin' John.


I think I like that fried dough ball idea best.
Best wishes for a happy new year to you all, and may we see both good baseball and more wins this season

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