The remedy for your new year

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Tracy Shaffer

Special to the Daily Press

Christmas is over.

Time to take the tree down, unplug the lights and figure out what you're going to do with the fourth electric carving knife you just got and that book you passed up even though it was on clearance.

It is time to make plans for the next holiday -- New Year's Eve. What to wear, where to go and who will watch the kids? Unless you have planned ahead, like 11 months ago, you might have a hard time finding a babysitter for Sunday night.

You will probably imbibe.

You will probably say, or do, a few things you might regret later, but do not worry because you will not remember it anyway.

You might not feel well in the morning, but you are not worried about it now.

So go out and enjoy the evening. You know you look great in that nice outfit you just bought after returning the knife and book you received for Christmas.

Here are a few small hints before your night on the town.

Make sure you eat dinner. It really does help.

Do not take aspirin before or after drinking. We all have done that at some point. The aspirin and alcohol do not mix well and your liver really doesn't like it.

First and foremost: Make sure you have a designated driver.

If you wake up to the new year and the tick of a clock sounds more like someone banging on a drum, here are a few remedies I've found, (not tried, just found). They are not listed in any order, and they are all separate remedies.

Almonds

Peanut butter

Prickly pear cactus

Peppermint

Sauerkraut juice

Scalp stimulation was even mentioned

One question you might ask yourself as you whip up remedy is why do we do this to ourselves?

Well, because it is an old tradition to go out and bring in the New Year.

In ancient Babylon, they first celebrated the New Year in 2000 BC. Bringing in the New Year with a slight headache is not all that the New Year means to some.

We have traditions that go way back.

The traditions we all know best are:

New Year's resolutions, which started started back with the early Babylonians

The Tournament of Roses Parade, which first started in 1886

And the Rose Bowl game, which started in 1902, then replaced by Roman chariot races in 1903. By 1916 the football game returned and has stayed.

The New Year's baby tradition began in 600 BC.

Traditionally, it was thought that you would have good luck in the up coming year, depending on what you did or ate on the first day of the New Year.

Some cultures believe eating black-eyed peas is good luck. Others believe anything in the shape of a ring, like a donut is good luck. Cabbage leaves, rice and hog jowls are also considered lucky foods to eat.

One tradition most all know is singing "Auld Lang Syne." The song was partially written by Mr. Robert Burns in the 1700s, and its title "old long ago" or simply put "the good old days."

Almost every English speaking country sings this song at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. I will finish this off with a little help for those of you out there that might want to sing, but are not sure of the words. Have a wonderful New Year,

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And days of auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne

We'll take a cup of kindness yet,

For auld lang syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And never be brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And days of auld lang syne?

And here's a hand, my trusty friend

And gie's a hand o' thine

We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet

For auld lang syne

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