We started a new New Years tradition at my pad. It's called beat the pig. You get this peppermint pig, put it in a nice velvet bag, then take a hammer and pulverize it. (First person to crack it gets to make a wish.)
Well, it's been a rough few years here, so we've had some bottled-up angst. My daughter initially cracked the thing. But my son beat it to a pulp. Here's what it looked like after his assault:
I'd have to say, it was strangely satisfying and somewhat therapeutic to do this. So, if you have a rough year, I would highly recommend getting a peppermint pig and smashing it to smithereens. (Doing this on New Years Eve would probably work, too.) I guarantee you will feel better, and the new year will be off to a good start.
Before I go, I'd like to let you know that my book, Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China is in a cover contest. Thanks to those who voted in round 1. It's now in round 2. If you'd like to vote you can go here. (You don't have to be on Facebook - you can vote anonymously. And if you voted in round 1, you can vote again in round 2.) Thank you!
poor pig, hope it didn't have piglets!ReplyDelete
No piglets in that pig!Delete
So it's candy?ReplyDelete
Yes. It's actually kind of tasty, too.Delete
I can understand how come it's therapeutic to smash the peppermint pig. :)ReplyDelete
Happy New Year!
I feel much better now that I've smashed the peppermint pig!Delete
Happy New Year to you, too!
I voted for your book cover, dear friend!
I never heard of Peppermint Pigs, and needed to do some research. I found a site that explains it is a new year's tradition that dates back to the 1880s. Pink colored hard candy in the shape of a pig was first manufactured in Saratoga Springs, NY. At the start of a new year, families are seated at the dinner table and pass the Peppermint Pig from person to person along with a hammer. Each person uses the hammer to break off a piece and eat it as they share memories of good fortune they enjoyed during the previous year. It is believed that by doing so they will have good luck and prosperity in the coming year.
I hope your family hammered out all past problems and I wish you all the best in 2019, dear friend Sherry!
You are absolutely right about the tradition. We kind of missed the part about good fortune, but I think beating it to a pulp will help bring good fortune.Delete
Best wishes for 2019.
Thanks for the vote, too! I appreciate it.Delete
Hopefully the past is now hammered away. I'd want to beat on something a little bigger. It is winter, so a printer? lolReplyDelete
Yeah. Smash a printer. That works, too!Delete
Sometimes it's very satisfying to smash something to bits.ReplyDelete
It really is. And it's perfectly acceptable, because in order to eat any of the candy, it has to be smashed, anyway.Delete
Can you eat it afterwards??ReplyDelete
I can see why this would be satisfying! I have to see if we have something like this around where we live.
I really hope 2019, brings many blessings for you and your family!
I voted for you!
Yes. Absolutely. You have to smash it to get smaller pieces to eat.Delete
Smashing a peppermint pig, interesting😊ReplyDelete
Voted for you😊
Thank you! I appreciate it.Delete
Sorry to hear things have been rough for you guys lately. Can definitely see how beating that peppermint pig would be therapeutic!ReplyDelete
Also, just voted for you! Good luck!
Thank you, Heather! I appreciate it.Delete
Yes, we've had at least three years of some very big problems. It's time for it to stop!
This was great to read although not for the pig.ReplyDelete
I could do with thrying this this. Hope all is going well for you now Sherry.
Yes, you should try doing this. And the peppermint is very good.Delete
I want to beat on something....ReplyDelete
happy new year
Get yourself one of these. You might enjoy the peppermint afterwards, too.Delete
Oh dear! Poor pig. I suppose it could still be eaten . . .ReplyDelete
Happy New Year!
Yes. There's actually no way to eat eat unless you beat it. :)Delete
Happy New Year to you, too!
Maybe every household should have a punching bag, ey?ReplyDelete
We have a punching bag, too. But it was less-painful to hammer away at the pig.Delete
Poor piggy. My daughter loved pigs as a kid and still does. I have one of her favorites on my pillow. I will protect it! Ha! Ha!ReplyDelete
Then she might get upset with the beat the pig tradition.Delete
That's an interesting new tradition! We just baked a big for New Years (along with some turnip greens)ReplyDelete
I bet it was delicious!Delete
Great idea on how to get rid of your frustrations. Good idea to start the new year frustration free, even at the expense of the pig.ReplyDelete
We should do this every day. It might help. :)Delete
What a way to get out your frustrations! Hehehe. Hope your new year is off to a great start. :)ReplyDelete
Nice:) My little boys found the tomatoes, and it looked like a massacre...I felt like a murder detective cleaning it all up.ReplyDelete
That's funny! But probably not so funny to have to clean it up!Delete
Hmm! I think i'll stick with a game or two of Pass The Pigs.ReplyDelete
I don't know that game, but it sounds less violent.Delete
have a great weekendReplyDelete
I know it's late but just found your blog .Happy New yearReplyDelete
Thanks. Same to you.Delete
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