We asked readers to tell us about some of their New Year’s traditions. Here are some responses:

Rick Davis Sr.: “The first person entering one’s home must be a dark-haired boy. My neighbor back in the 50s would give me a small gift if I did this. I have no idea where this custom originated. My mother would put coins on an outside window sill over the New Year. I guess this was to bring prosperity to the family. Another one was to burn bayberry candles for good luck.”

Debra Wojtal Eliassen: “We put money outside the front door and sweep it back in after midnight to signify that money will continue to come into our home.”

Charles Stehr: “Right before the strike of midnight Jan. 1, open every door plus put rice in the cupboards; change the calendar; also make sure everyone is holding money. Called ‘sweep the old year out, bring the New Year in with prosperity.’ Happy New Year.”

Amanda Krebs: “My grandma always made me put a quarter under the welcome mat on the front porch on New Year’s Eve. Then, on New Year’s Day, you take it out and place it on the door frame. It’s supposed to be good financial luck for the new year!”

Robert Derk: “Always put some coins and coal outside before midnight so that you have money and heat all year. Plus, the first person to enter the home in the new year is to be a dark-haired man. I don’t know why, but as a kid several elderly widows would pay me to show up New Year’s morning and just walk into the house so they could leave for the day.”

Diana Rutkowski-Jones: “When I was little, my grandmother said we had to wash our hands with coins at midnight for good luck in the new year.” She added, “A male must enter the house first in the new year.”

Dianna Christman: “My family’s is oyster stew. I have no idea why and I don’t eat it, so I was always in my gram’s basement looking and begging for a can of tomato soup. That’s until I got older and she felt so guilty knowing I would never eat the oyster stew that she started to make a ham for those who wanted that. My gram has passed, and it’s not the stew I miss, but the family time.”

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