New Year’s Feast or Fast
by Jan Yuill
I once had the opportunity of sharing a friend’s traditional New Year’s Day family dinner – a delicious beans, rice, and onions mélange. There was little seasoning, and no accompanying vegetables, salad, or dessert. Just beans, rice, and onions. Not at all like the usual end-of-the-holidays-indulgences that I was used to. When I asked about this tradition, I was told that the beans and rice dish was always served on January 1st in their home as a reminder:
- to give thanks for all the blessings of the past year,
- to spend wisely in the year to come,
- to care for those less fortunate, and
- to keep things simple.
I wish you all a blessed, prosperous, and peaceful 2007. And don’t forget to say thank you, spend wisely, show compassion, and strive for simplicity!