We've eaten our black-eyed peas (cooked with hog jowl the way my grandmother did) for luck, as well as the collards that are meant to put money in our pockets in the coming year . . .
The Christmas tree was out of the house before the new year to avoid bad luck -- again per my grandmother's tradition.
I don't consider myself superstitious -- but I like these harmless traditions -- ties with the past. I knock on wood to avert trouble and if I spill the salt, I toss a pinch over my left shoulder . . . I walked barefoot in the first snow of the season and I'll get wet in the first rain of May -- both to ensure good health.
Do you have any traditions/superstitions that you follow for good luck? Whether you actually believe them or not?