Ring in the New Year!

Get ready for 2014!

A brand new year is almost here, and Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses is prepared to help you make it the best year yet. Start by rocking in the New Year with the lowest prices of the season on gorgeous, brand spankin’ new furniture and mattresses during our Holiday Sell-off event, going on now in Mt. Vernon and Newark. Plus, spread some New Year cheer to your family and friends with these great ideas and traditions!

New Year’s Traditions:

Food

Food, being a cornerstone of any celebration, is one of the best ways to celebrate the New Year. Traditionally, food is thought to usher in good luck and financial prosperity when ate on New Year’s Day.

  • Pork and sauerkraut: This New Year’s dish is tasty and represents both financial luck and moving forward. In certain parts of the country, like Pennsylvania Dutch country, the cabbage leaves represent paper money. Moreover, the custom of eating pork on New Year’s comes from the pig’s nature to root forward, symbolizing our commitment to also move forward.
  • Black-eye peas:  In the South, black-eyed peas are a dish served on New Year’s to promote good luck all around. Peas represent an abundance, such as abundance of wealth, health, etc …
  • Rice and greens: Various cultures celebrate New Year’s by eating rice and greens. Because rice swells when cooked, it symbolizes wealth, health and happiness while greens symbolize money because of their color.
  • Cakes and cookies: Early Dutch settlers brought New Year’s cookies to us, and traditionally they are flavored with lemon, caraway and even cider. Originally, these cookies and cakes were baked in molds to form the shape of an eagle or even famous people like George Washington.

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne, a poem by Robert Burns set to the music of a traditional folk song, is traditionally sung at the conclusion of New Year’s parties. The song symbolizes endings and new beginnings.

Resolutions

Many people start out the New Year with a resolution to improve an aspect of their lives. Some of the most popular include improving health, finances, education, spending more time with family and friends, and so on. Nonetheless, New Year’s resolutions are nothing new. Their origins began centuries ago as Babylonians made promises to repay their debt; Romans made promises at the beginning of the year; and knights took a peacock vow to renew their vow to chivalry.workout

Sports & Events

People enjoy watching sporting events on New Year’s with family and friends, such as the time-honored Rose Bowl and its counterpart, the Rose Parade. The Rose Parade began in 1890, when the Pasadena Valley Hunt Club staged its first parade to welcome friends from the East and Midwest to showcase Southern California’s mild winter, roses and oranges.

Fireworks

Fireworks and other noise makers are popular at any New Year’s Eve party. This custom comes from the ancient Chinese who used fireworks during their New Year’s Eve parties to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.

We’re wishing you and your family a happy and safe New Year’s from the family at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses.