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Word of the Week tradition — the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends. Customs, etc. from generation to generation, esp. by word of mouth or practice.
Newspaper Knowledge Place news items or pictures about each state on a large outline map of the United States. See how many states you can find in the news in two weeks.
New Year’s Games GUESSING THE RESOLUTIONS Make each of your guests write down resolutions, each on its own slip of paper. Pull one slip of paper out of a basket at a time and read it out loud. Everyone has to write down who they think made each resolution. At the end of the readings, the person who guessed the most correctly wins a prize. Read some of the wrong guesses out loud for fun! CELEBRITY HUNT Everyone writes the name of a celebrity, famous person or character on a piece of paper and then they stick to the forehead of the player on their left (use tape or office Post-It notes). Make sure they don’t see the name. Now the game starts. Everyone else can see your forehead. The objective is to work out who you are. Going around the table, each payer takes a turn to ask the party questions about who they are – answers can be YES or NO only. If you get a YES you may continue asking, if you get a NO play moves on to the left. Last person to guess their name is the loser.
Many countries have traditions that they believe will bring good luck for the new year. In Puerto Rico, children enjoy throwing pails of water out the window at midnight. Some believe that this rids their home of any evil spirits! In Spain, when the clock strikes midnight, the people eat 12 grapes. One grape for every stroke of the clock to represent each month in the year. Each grape is said to bring good luck in the new year. In Switzerland, they believe that good luck comes from letting a drop of cream land on the floor on New Year's Day. In France, people eat a stack of pancakes for luck and good health. In Belgium, farmers wish their animals a Happy New Year for blessings. In Armenia, the Armenian women cook a special bread for their family. The bread is kneaded with luck and good wishes pressed into the dough before it is cooked. In Northern Portugal, children go caroling from home to home and are given treats and coins. They sing old songs or "Janeiros," which are said to bring good luck. In Romania, the Romanians have a tradition of listening to hear if the farm animals talk on New Year's Day. If the animals talk, it is considered bad luck. So they are always relieved when they do not hear any talking animals! In Bolivia, families make beautiful little wood or straw dolls to hang outside their homes to bring good luck. In many countries, it is thought that
CREATE YOUR OWN TIME CAPSULE Put anything you want to remember along with your resolutions in a container and then hide it till next year. GUESS HOW MANY OBJECTS IN A JAR Fill a clear glass or plastic jar (with a secure lid) with a
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a person can affect the luck they will have throughout the coming year by what they do or eat on the first day of the new year. For that reason, it has become common for folks to celebrate the first few minutes of a brand new year in the company of family and friends. Parties often last into the middle of the night after the ringing in of a new year. It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year's Day would bring either good luck or bad luck the rest of the year. It was particularly lucky if the first visitor happened to be a tall, darkhaired man. Traditional New Year foods also are thought to bring luck. Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes coming full circle – that is completing a
year's cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating doughnuts on New Year's Day will bring good fortune. Many parts of the United States celebrate the new year by eating blackeyed peas. They are usually eaten with ham or some cut of pork meat. Blackeyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog and its meat is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage is another "good luck" vegetable that is consumed on New Year's Day by many. Cabbage leaves also are considered a sign of prosperity. Cabbage is representative of paper money! In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day.
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known quantity (yes, you have to count them!) of candy, marbles, pennies, tiny toy cars or some other item that ties in with the theme of your party. Decorate the jar and lid with stickers and a bow and place on the arrival activity table. Provide slips of paper for guests to write their names and their “guess” and
a small basket or box to collect the entries. At the end of the party, award the jar of goodies to the child with the closest guess.
Happy New Year balloon, drink stirrers, coasters, chocolate coins, a calendar or silver bells to ring in the New Year.
SCAVENGER HUNT Some ideas: a party hat, streamers, noise makers, plastic champagne glass, a clock, Happy New Year card,
WORD GAME Whoever creates the most words out of the letters in Happy New Year, wins!
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