My cousin and I had a garage sale that was a BIG flop. Friday the weather was suppose to be 72 degrees and chance of rain late afternoon. We barely got everything set up by 8:00 am and it started to rain. We took everything down and waited the rain out. About an hour later we were able to set everything up again only to have it start pouring down rain a couple of hours later. Same thing happened on Saturday with rain, high winds and temps that dropped to 50 degree. About the only things we sold were the items we bought from each other!
Is all of this a coincidence or should I get a rabbits foot, four leaf clover, lucky penny, a horseshoe and stay in bed on Friday the 13th just in case? Either way you can bet I’ll be eating black eyed peas and greens next New Years.
Here is a little info on how the tradition of eating black eyed peas and greens started…..
“The story of THE BLACK EYED PEA being considered good luck relates directly back to Sherman’s Bloody March to the Sea in late 1864. It was called The Savannah Campaign and was lead by Major General William T. Sherman. The Civil War campaign began on 11/15/64 when Sherman ‘s troops marched from the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia, and ended at the port of Savannah on 12/22/1864.
When the smoke cleared, the southerners who had survived the onslaught came out of hiding. They found that the aggressors had looted and stolen everything of value and everything you could eat including all livestock, death and destruction were everywhere. While in hiding, few had enough to eat, and starvation was now upon the survivors.
The Northern army had taken everything they could carry and eaten everything they could eat. But they couldn’t take it all. The devastated people of the south found for some unknown reason that Sherman ’s troops had left silos full of black eyed peas.
At the time in the north, the lowly black eyed pea was only used to feed stock. The northern troops saw it as the thing of least value. Taking grain for their horses and livestock and other crops to feed themselves, they just couldn’t take everything. So they left the black eyed peas in great quantities assuming it would be of no use to the survivors, since all the livestock it could feed had either been taken or eaten.
Are you superstitious or are there traditions you follow?
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