Week 1: New Year’s. Did your family have any New Year’s traditions? How was the New Year celebrated during your childhood? Have you kept these traditions in the present day?
Sports have always been an important part of my family's New Year traditions. I remember as a young child watching the bowl games on television. The day usually started with the Rose Bowl parade and lots of football afterwards. It seems the Rose Bowl was always my favorite, probably because the Big Ten football conference was in it. It was always a good year if Michigan made the bowl game. Food was usually simple on that day, sometimes leftovers from the previous evening's party that my parents hosted.
Later as the family grew apart by distance, my father started a college bowl mania contest. We would sign up and make our picks for all the bowl games to be played. Bragging rights went to the winner. This year's contest has 21 family members of all ages. It is another way to stay connected as our family now lives in six different states.
As of this writing my husband, son and daughter are 1,2 and 3 in this year's contest. Where am I you ask, barely hanging on to 14th place! Oh well, there is always next year.
52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.