12 Grapes and New Years Traditions

Every year I celebrate New Year’s Eve in a way that reflects what I want the coming year to be about. I’ve started them alone at home, in front of the fire quietly contemplating what I want in the year ahead and I’ve spent them abroad, as an indication of my wish to travel more. I’ve celebrated many a new year with family and some with friends always grateful and mindful that people are not in our lives forever. I celebrate thoughtfully, consciously starting the year in the best possible way with a superstitious belief that it will protect and guide me through the uncertainty of what is to come. It’s worked for me so far.

This year I’ll be in London with my family, which is the best of both worlds and an accurate reflection of what the coming year will be about. I’ll be hitting the road a lot in 2016, all with or for family events so I can’t imagine a better way to kick off the year. Come midnight tonight, we’ll be having Tapas and doing some dancing in a Spanish restaurant on the Thames, which is a lovely way to say goodbye to 2015. We’ll also be having our 12 grapes.


Having 12 grapes at midnight is a Cuban tradition that has been part of every single New Year celebration of my life. The belief is that the grapes represent the months in the coming year and both should be sweet and satisfying. It’s our New Year good luck charm and the night wouldn’t be complete without them.

How do you celebrate New Year? Do you spend it partying with friends or quietly at home? Do you travel or stay put? And has anyone out there ever spent it in Times Square watching the ball drop? I’ve never done it, but have always wondered what it’s like. However you choose to celebrate, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

As we close out 2015, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe, healthy, happy and wonderful New Year. May it be everything you wish it to be.

Sending you all lots of love and peace!