(c) The Rev. Sarah C. Stewart
Preached at First Unitarian Church
Sunday, January 25, 2015 (Annual Meeting Sunday)
There are so many ways to welcome the new year. Our cultures offer many traditions and superstitions to choose from. Clean your house and pay your bills and put money in your wallet to ensure prosperity for the year to come. Toast your friends and kiss your loved ones as the new year comes rolling in at midnight. Sweep the dust of the old year out the back door. Put silvery coins in the yard to catch the last light of the old year and the first light of the new. In Spain, people cram 12 grapes into their mouths to symbolize prosperity in each month of the coming new year. Brazilians wear white and throw flowers into the sea.