In 1928, one woman called her newborn a "black-eyed pea" baby because that was the main food she had to eat during the pregnancy. The peas are high in folate and that can also held prevent some birth defects, such as spina bifida. In spina bifida, a baby's spinal cord doesn't develop properly. So, peas really could bring good luck. The baby in question had a mark on her back, and it was later discovered that people with this mark are carriers of the gene for spina bifida.
Another tradition for January first is to make New Year's resolutions which are more of a reminder of what we feel we should do to be a better person.
I said to someone that a new year gives us a chance to start over. He looked at me and said softly, "Any day of the year is a good day to start over, or change your lifestyle, or make a commitment or whatever you need to do."
So if your New Year's resolutions fall by the wayside, don't be discouraged. Start again.
I've heard that three priorities are the most a person can successfully manage. When you think of the first priority as being family, the second being feeding the family and keeping a roof over their head—then that only leaves one extra—assuming sleep isn't on the list.
Perhaps that's why my latest book meant so much to me on a personal level. It's a story about a man who changes his priorities—or at least, that's how I see it. (Readers, please let me know what you think by leaving a review on the Harlequin.com website.)
Best wishes, and I hope all your New Year's Resolutions are a success.