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SLOAN CLOUMN: A superstitious start to the new year

on Tuesday, 07 January 2020. Posted in Columns, Opinions

SLOAN CLOUMN: A superstitious start to the new year

If you buy into all the New Year superstitions mumbo-jumbo, it might be wise to steer clear of a certain newspaper editor during 2020.

Having more to do with my taste buds and stomach than with superstitions and luck, I adhered to the custom of eating more than my fair share of the southern grub associated with the first day of the year – hog jowls, black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread. Considering this, I should have no money worries, as all my financial bases should be covered for the coming 12 months.

Beyond that, things may get a little iffy.

I did not eat lobster or chicken, both of which are supposed to bring bad luck. Eating herring on New Year’s is said to bring good luck, but that didn’t happen. We’ll call this one a wash.

It’s said that crying on New Year's Day can set a year of sadness in motion.

Darn those onions!

Apparently, you are not supposed to wash clothes on New Year’s Day. The hamper was full, so I did what I normally do and loaded the washing machine. This does not bode well for someone in my life, as that person will be washed away. I also washed dishes by the way, which means double trouble.

I broke a plate, crystal in fact. No explanation for this one is necessary. Broken things are never a good omen. At least it wasn’t a mirror.

I swept the dirt, dust, and dog hair from the floor, and apparently all my good luck with it.

At midnight I was sound asleep. Sorry about that, Ryan Seacrest and Carson Daly, maybe next year. There was no kiss from my honey. I did not eat 12 grapes. I did not leave the doors open to allow the old year out and welcome in its replacement. It was too dang cold!

Making noise at midnight is supposed to scare evil spirits and omens away? Does snoring count?

Along the same lines, what you do the first hour of the New Year is supposed to be what you do most of the year. It might be a good time for me to invest in a more comfortable pillow.

It's considered bad luck to start the New Year with bare cupboards. They weren’t bare, but I may be eating lots of pasta in 2020 if what was in the cupboard is any indication.

Tradition says not to leave your house until someone enters from the outside first. Didn’t happen, and I had places to go.

Having a wallet filled with cash on New Year’s is said to be a sign of a prosperous year ahead. Bad news –I had three bucks to my name. Also, you’re not supposed to loan money to begin the year. Good news - I kept my three bucks.

Carrying an empty suitcase around on New Year’s will lead to an adventurous year and lots of traveling, according to superstitions. It will also lead to some silly looks.

Wearing red underwear will bring love in the New Year. For the record, I do not own a pair of red skivvies.

Finally, there are some out there who believe changing your undershirt or underwear on New Year’s Day can cause boils. Wouldn’t you think it might be the other way around?

Anybody want to let me borrow some ointment?

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