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Miamism Holiday Fun

I can’t believe 2007 is almost over, and with that thought let me share with you a Holiday Zebra sent to me by Shannon Lefevre from Naples, Florida. (OK….some people have unusual holiday decorations….which makes it so much more fun).

And just because we have 2008 around the corner – I wanted to share a great e-mail I received from our North Carolina friends Wes and Jenni Wiseman.

After serious & cautious consideration…..your contract of friendship has been renewed for the New Year 2008!

It was a very hard decision to make. So try not to screw it up again!!!

My Wish for You in 2008

May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts.

May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!

May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires !

May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy.

May the problems you had forget your home address!

In simple words ………..

May 2008 be the best year of your life!

Thanks for sharing!!

Here’s a blog post I wrote a year ago to share Miami New Year Traditions:

The New Year has always been special to me for so many different reasons; I love what it symbolizes and love the energy of the people around me.

Rick and I always spend the New Year with our kids, family and friends and we always have a blast. I have been asking different people about their own traditions for New Year’s Eve and these are some of the ones I remember:

(feel free to add your own traditions to the list – I would love to hear about them and possibly adopt them if you don’t mind)

  • NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS – from loosing weight, to quitting smoking, to spending more time with loved ones – to organizing our desks and even volunteering more of our time to the less fortunate. Whatever your New Year Resolutions are – may you stick to them and feel good about yourself.
  • Watching The Rose Bowl – did you know that the first Rose Bowl Football Game was in 1902?
  • A lot of people celebrate the New Year in company of family and friends to represent who they will spend time with the rest of the year.
  • People eat all kinds of different foods for good luck. In the US, some people eat Black-eyed peas for luck. In Spain, we eat Lentil Soup for Wealth (not just the monetary type) – I’ll be eating some Lentil Soup on New Year’s Eve!
  • I’ve been eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight for years and have no clue why – if anyone can enlighten me, please do!
  • Times Square in NY City – broadcast throughout the US as people watch as the ball drops and people kiss at the stroke of midnight and honk their horns.
  • It would not be a complete tradition without Champagne! – Liquor stores are stocked up and ready at this time of year. Nothing like a little bubbly to accentuate happiness.
  • Some countries kick the old year out the door on the stroke of midnight and then make sure to take the first step with the right foot – to signify starting the New Year on the right foot.
  • Some other countries throw a pail of water out a window or door to rid their home of evil spirits.
  • Ann Cummings from New Hampshire shared the following: Our New Year’s Day meal definitely includes Black-Eyed Peas! I’m from a southern family, and faithfully on each New Year’s Day, we had, and still have, pork, rice, black-eyed peas, cole slaw, and corn bread. The Black-Eyed Peas bring you good luck throughout the New Year. And even if you don’t like them, you have to take a spoonful to ensure good luck for the coming year. Sometimes we have pork chops, sometimes we have ham, but everything else is the same. I can’t imagine anything else for my New Year’s Day meal!!
  • Craig Schiller, Chicago Stager Extraordinaire shared this song: Tonight’s the night the world begins again


Traditions are fun – especially on this great day – whatever your traditions are – and whoever you spend the evening with – may you have an Incredible New Year full of everything you want.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

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