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My Haunting Little New Year's Eve Fear
We all have them those little superstitions that haunt our minds and which cause us to behave in a completely and totally irrational manner. From stepping over the cracks in a sidewalk to throwing salt over our shoulder, avoiding the number 13, running away from black cats who attempt to cross our path, or walking around ladders that block our path. These are the little superstitions which sit quietly in the back of our mind awaiting the opportunity to emerge.
They became a part of us. From the time that we were little kids and Great Grandma Maria or old Uncle Walt managed to bestow their old time wisdom into our very impressionable minds we have learned to incorporate these little superstitions into our lives.
Well I have my superstitions too and this is my little tale of a certain New Year's Eve superstition which I accidentally stumbled upon as a child and one which there unfortunately seems to be no way to forget.
Superstitions and Irrational Fears
New Year's Eve is one of those evenings that I have come to dread. With each passing year, as the date draws closer I find my thoughts encompassed by an ever increasing degree of fear over the upcoming event.
Irrational? Yes. Something that I can control? Nope, I've tried.
Years ago when I was a child a comment made by a drunken guest at one of my family's famous New Year's Eve parties burned into my subconscious thought and has remained there to this day. He was just an old neighbour who had drank far too much whisky that night but as he grasped desperately onto one of my aunt's arms he mumbled into her face a disturbing fact that has remained with me to this day.
He drunkenly slurred, "Whatever you are doing or feeling at the stroke of midnight is what you will be doing or feeling for the rest of the New Year ya' know". Then he plastered a huge sloppy kiss on my aunt that lasted practically the entire magical midnight minute while everyone else in the room shouted, hooted, twirled noise makers, and popped balloons.
For me it was like they were the only two people in the room and I was enchanted by their actions. I could not take my eyes off them. It was magic.
Are You a Superstitious Person?
New Year's Eve Sentiment or Superstition?
Now to a little child the words spoken by this drunken neighbor held an almost magical if not mystical quality within them. As a kid I thought it was a wonderful sentiment and I felt privileged to have overheard this very special information.
New Year's Eve is after all a very special time. As a child it was the one night each year when I was allowed to stay up as late as I wanted. Friends, relatives, and neighbors came over and everyone drank, danced, and ate till long after midnight or till one by one they stumbled off into the darkness and home. Some just fell asleep where they sat.
New Years Eve was almost as special an event as Christmas. It is reportedly the time when we each are given a clean slate to begin anew. Past mistakes are erased and troubles swept out the door as the clock on the wall strikes midnight. To a rather impressionable young kid it seemed that nothing could possibly be more heart warming or magical than New Year's Eve.
OMG How Soon I Would Come to Know the True Implications of this New Year's Eve Superstition
The wondrous images of this early New Year's Eve were soon to be turned into horror as I realized the unexpected events which could in actuality occur at the stroke of midnight. As a child that magical vision of New Years eve occurred long before my heart would suddenly be wrenched from my chest by a callous boyfriend caught necking with another girl at that most magical of all moments in time.
That New Year's eve as a child was long before I also was forced to endure the misery of the all too gross slobbery midnight kiss of an ancient uncle with rotting teeth (Now I know how my aunt felt that night).
Then came the New Year's Eve night when in horror I turned first left and then right only to find that the people on either side of me had turned in the opposite direction from me and there I was standing all alone at the stroke of midnight. Alone.
All ALONE! The forecast for the year ahead was almost more than my superstitious little heart could bear to imagine. The fear of the fateful upcoming year hovering over me till I could once again have another New Year's Eve prophecy to replace the corrupt one that I had received.
Even worse is the thought that I might accidentally fall asleep one year and slumber through that magical stroke of midnight, in which case I might find myself sleeping through the next year or worse, for all eternity. The implications of that midnight prophecy sending shivers of fear coursing through the core of my very being. Burr.
How I wish that I had never overheard that drunken neighbour and his superstition. Now I appear to be cursed for all eternity to believe what he believes. It echoes in my brain, whatever you are doing or feeling at the stroke of midnight is what you will be doing or feeling for the rest of the New Year.
Will you go out for New Year's Eve or Stay at Home
New Year's Eve Traditions
Of course I have had many New Year's Eves which were filled with feelings of love and goodwill, and others that I doctored to ensure that they would indeed be wonderful but nothing ever really quite stops my anxiety over this yearly event.
While other folks look at Halloween as the spookiest day of the year I consider the scariest day of the year to be New Year's Eve all courtesy of that rotten old New Years Eve superstition which just will not leave my mind. At the stroke of midnight you are unlikely to find me out at a party. I will hopefully be at home wrapped up safely in the arms of the person I love.
My best wishes to you for a very Happy New Year. If for some unforeseen reason you do find that you have a few brief moments to spare during that magical midnight moment put a great big smile on your lips and wish up some happy thoughts. Bless yourself with a warm heart and a smile of contentment for your New Year.
Wishing You a Year Filled With Blessings and Smiles
Advice for Superstitious Folks
1. If a black cat crosses your path you will be cursed with bad luck.
Advice: If you spot a black kitty turn around and walk the other way. If it follows you run. (For those who consider black cats lucky give that sweet kitty a cuddle or two.) Ours is named Midnight and he is a true little snuggler.
2. If you or someone else spills salt it means that there will be arguments in the home.
Advice: To break the spell throw the salt over your left shoulder with your right hand and don't pick a fight with anybody in your home that day. Wait till tomorrow.
3. Opening an umbrella indoors will result in 21 days of bad luck.
Advice: Don't do it.
4. Horseshoes are good luck.
Advice: Hang one right side up so it fills with good luck as hanging it upside down will result in the luck falling out.
5. The number 13 is bad luck.
Advice: Stay in bed on days that fall on the 13th of the month. It is interesting to note that my husband was born on Friday the 13th and he and I live in a house with two 13's in the address. Am I tempting fate?
6. Breaking a mirror is worth 7 years of bad luck.
Advice: To break the spell you must bury the pieces of glass under the light of the moon. Make sure that the neighbors are asleep first or they might think that you are burying old Aunt Marge out there.
7. A found penny is lucky.
Advice: Buy a metal detector and head to the beach.
There are thousands more but I'll stop here. I really don't want to have you spending the majority of your time trying to figure out a way to keep all those superstitious beliefs from invading your day.
© 2009 Lorelei Cohen
Do You Have Superstitions Which Haunt the Back of Your Mind?
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 01, 2015:
I don't know why but even if we know they are superstitious, we still sort of believe in them.
Melody Lassalle from California on December 31, 2014:
I don't think I know of any New Year's Superstitions. The only thing I try to do is clear out the Christmas stuff before New Year's Day because it seems like you should start a new year fresh. Happy New Year to you Lorelei!
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on December 27, 2014:
I try to have good time with friends to start the year as best as possible and carry the momentum to the end of the year!
Have a happy New Year!
Snakesmum on December 26, 2014:
My partner has the idea that whatever you do on New Year's Eve influences the next year, while I think it's totally crazy! :-) I'd rather stay home NYE and do whatever we feel like doing. BTW, in some places, black cats are considered lucky.
Renee Dixon from Kentucky on January 18, 2014:
I also am very interested in superstitions, my family is pretty superstitious. I'm not so much, but I really enjoy learning and reading about them. Loved your lens, I have one about ten common superstitions you might like.
ChristyZ on January 02, 2014:
Happy New Year! You are such a wonderful writer, what a great read. I've heard about that New Year's superstition and it crosses my mind each year. Even though I try not to believe in it I always wind up trying to be extra happy when the clock strikes midnight...just in case!
Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on January 01, 2014:
@SusanDeppner: Was a wonderful New Year's eve for me. Wishing you all the best in 2014.
Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on January 01, 2014:
@Nancy Hardin: A very happy New Year Nancy. May all your hopes and wishes for this year be real.
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on December 31, 2013:
Oh my gosh, I've heard something similar to that too! But I guess I wasn't as young and impressionable as you were when you heard it. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on December 31, 2013:
I've really never been superstitious, thankfully. But if how you feel at midnight is how you'll feel all year, I wish everyone a very, very happy midnight as well as all the hours of the year that follow!
David Stone from New York City on December 31, 2013:
No, none. I think it's curious that so many give credit to random events for influencing their lives. What inspires that?
Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on December 31, 2013:
@anonymous: Thank you so much for stopping by. The years seem to fly by so quickly. Blink and a new one is around the corner.
Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on December 31, 2013:
@siobhanryan: I am so glad that I am not the only one with this superstition rattling around in my mind. Wishing you a safe and prosperous New Year.
siobhanryan on April 03, 2013:
Lovely lens-I believe whatever you are doing at midnight on New Year's Eve will continue for the year
anonymous on January 12, 2013:
Returning to say we made it through another one and to sprinkle the angel dust that didn't seem to take last time around .....or I forgot while dancing the Charleston like no one was looking, lol! :)
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 01, 2013:
I try to make sure the house is clean for fear that it will be in chaos the whole year. Am just finicky.
Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on December 25, 2012:
Very interesting lens. You're right, all of us at some point in our lives come across superstitions. I used to be a little superstitious in my younger days as a boy, but I'm not anymore. Wishing that you have a year filled with blessings galore and one that is your best yet ~ stay blessed my dear friend! :)
anonymous on September 27, 2012:
To be wrapped up in the arms of the one you love at home at the stroke of midnight sounds like the best of all ways to celebrate the new year to me. Words are powerful and can have an impact on our lives in ways we would not expect, like curse almost...may that be broken and may the stroke of midnight bring you all peace, love, joy and happiness!
chas65 on September 23, 2012:
I think too many of us let these things have way too much influence on our lives.
moonlitta on September 08, 2012:
Trying to ignore them most of the time, yet New Year ones are really frightening quite often...:)
Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on September 08, 2012:
no, none, bring them all, not afraid of superstitions.
marsha32 on August 29, 2012:
I can go for the advice to stay in bed all day the 13th of each month
Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on August 29, 2012:
I am not a superstitious person at all. Black cat, mirror and ladders: bring them on :)
AlleyCatLane on August 28, 2012:
Great! Thanks for burning your fear into my mind!!!! :-) Enjoyed your article. Hope your New Year's Eves are wonderful from now on.
Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on July 12, 2012:
I always loved New Year's Eve and had heard that superstition the drunk guy passed along to your aunt. In younger years, hubby and I danced and partied in the new year. Now, I'm off to dreamland at the usual time and let the new year creep in without me.
poutine on December 03, 2011:
I am not a supertitous person at all.
KimGiancaterino on January 12, 2011:
New Year's Eve is my birthday, so I'm usually having a fun time. I also love black cats!
squid-pinkchic18 on January 10, 2011:
Gah - I feel unlucky just reading these superstitions! Interesting lens, thanks for sharing!
beerhead on January 07, 2011:
I love this lens it's so very true. Iguess a lot of us have these superstitions.
hayleylou lm on January 04, 2011:
This was really interesting - I was quite a party pooper this year and was fast asleep at 10.30pm :)
anonymous on January 02, 2011:
Traditions and superstitions go hand in hand. While it is good to follow traditions, it isn't all that good to believe in superstitions.
Ben Reed from Redcar on January 01, 2011:
A great lens...made me think again about superstitions.....
awakeningwellness on December 26, 2010:
I used to be superstitious but let go of all those beliefs years ago...I do like the idea of ringing in the new year with blessings though!
Mona from Iowa on December 26, 2010:
I'm not terribly superstitious and never thought of New Years as a particularly superstitious holiday. But now you got me thinking. :)
anonymous on November 13, 2010:
Great and fun information here. I have the most problem with Friday the 13th, just don't like that day at all, never seems to be a good day.
noxid25 on February 20, 2010:
Really like the lens...I'm quit superstitious. I once had a meeting with a client changed because I refused to fly out on Friday the 13th. :) The funny thing is, my favourite number is 13...born on the day. Bad things have happened on Friday the 13th's for me though.
Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on December 26, 2009:
I'm not a very superstitious person, but my wife has lots of them. I'm a huge skeptic, but this is still interesting. Nice work, have a great holiday season!
Linda Hoxie from Idaho on December 08, 2009:
It is fun to read about all these silly superstitions people have concocted. I think they are fun though, gosh knows I didn't ever want to step on a crack as a child, because I loved my mum!
Brian Stephens from France on September 07, 2009:
I don't think I have any of these superstitions, how boring am I. Guess I could work on developing a few.
Hi again from RedGage.
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