In just a few days, we will be saying goodbye to 2017, and hello to 2018.

In just a few days, we will be saying goodbye to 2017, and hello to 2018.
As I am writing this week's column, I started to remember about the good old days of watching Dick Clark at Time's Square in New York City counting down the minutes until the ball drop, wishing in the new year. Of course the downfall of watching it was that we still had another hour here in Southwest Missouri until it was truly the New Year. I had never been to Time's Square until a couple of when I went on a CBT Advantage Club trip to New York and other places on the East Coast. I was just amazed on what it looked like in person to what it looked like on TV.
Anyway getting back to watching the ball drop, there were a couple of times when couples would get engaged and even married in Time's Square. There were of course the various groups playing music and then Dick Clark would be smiling even though it was colder than you can imagine.
On New Year’s Day, for dinner, one of the side items was black-eyed peas. By eating black-eyed peas on this particular day, it is to bring the person good luck.
The tradition of “good luck” dates back to the Civil War. Union troops, especially in areas targeted by General William Tecumseh Sherman, would typically strip the countryside of all stored food, crops, and livestock and destroy whatever they couldn’t carry away. During that time, Northerners considered “field peas” and corn suitable only for animal fodder, and as a result, didn’t steal or destroy these humble foods. Many Southerners survived as a result of this mistake.
Personally, I am not fond of them, but I usually eat a spoon or two full of them.
Of course with the New Year coming upon us, many people make New Year’s resolutions. I have a few resolutions, but will wait and reveal them on Jan. 1.
But for now, if you plan on traveling on this holiday, be careful.

Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@