I have always eaten pork and kraut on January 1st but never really thought about why we do this. We just have always done it because my Granny Root always made it, it became a family tradition. So the supposed scoop is: This formerly green cabbage of the sauerkraut and the fat of the pig is supposed to symbolize riches and prosperity for the coming year. The pig is typically doing double duty to stand for progress as a forward-rooting and forward-thinking animal. Eating the long, skinny threads of sauerkraut are supposed to give you a long life—smart thinking when you consider the probiotic and other wonderfully healthy byproducts of the fermented cabbage. So if you are superstitious eat lots of pork and kraut today!
Many people take the first day of the new year to make a list of resolutions, many which will never be completed. In fact only about 45% of Americans will make a resolution and only 8% will actually follow through. I have never made a new year’s resolution in my life. So this year I am sticking with my tradition and not making a resolution. I typically take this day to think what has happened in the past year. I am glad to see 2014 come to and end and looking forward to this next year. Lots of great memories from 2014, here are a few of my favorites. I wish the same luck to all of you even if you didn’t get your fill of pork and kraut.