The principle of “What you see is what you get” is practiced all over the world in connection with the advent of New Year. Here are just a few examples:

1. If the house is clean by midnight on Dec. 31st, it’ll be clean for the entire next year. (Do I have to sort the closets too?)

2. If all your pockets and purses and wallets have coins and dollars in them by midnight, you’ll have plenty of money in the new year. Some people place coins on windowsills and the tops of doors too.

3. If you wear new clothes on New Year’s Day, More new clothes will come your way. (My daughters like this one!)

4. No crying, fighting, arguing, name-calling or general negativity on New Year’s Day or you’ll have strife and tears all year long.

5. Don’t let valuable things leave your house on New Year’s Day or luck and fortune will go with them. The general belief refers to things like money and jewelry, but some people believe that nothing – not even garbage! – should leave the house on New Year’s Day. Take the empties to the recycling bin some other time!

6. Make sure the cupboards and pantries are full on New Year’s Day, in order to ensure abundance the rest of the year.

7. In many cultures, what you do for the first hour of the New Year signifies what you’ll do the most of for the next twelve months. (Yikes – does this mean sleeping is a bad idea?)

8. In China, and in many other countries, all debts should be settled before the New Year. Don’t pay back loans or lend money on New Year’s Day however, or you’ll be paying out all year long!

9. Be careful with the dishes. If anything breaks on New Year’s Day, ruin will follow.

10. Working hard on New Year’s Day will ensure a year of grueling labor. But if you do a small token task – something related to your employment – successfully, it’ll set the tone for achievement. (I'll be writing!)


January 1st - 6th, 2013

Over 200 authors and bloggers are participating, each hosting a giveaway on their own site.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes.  You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win not only the prize on that site, but entered for one of the overall grand prizes as well. 

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or Barnes + Noble Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Dani Harper's Giveaway IS NOW CLOSED - Leave me a comment telling me something about New Years --- how you plan to celebrate, a favorite memory, a superstition or legend, or what you're looking forward to in 2013.  Include your email address so I can contact you if you win!  

Dani's Prize - A signed copy of my paranormal romance, CHANGELING DREAM (James Macleod's story), and a tote to put it in! 

Ronda's name was drawn at random from the comments as the winner of the Dani Harper giveaway.

NOTE - everyone who commented was automatically entered for the big Grand Prizes too!  Those winners will be announced in a day or so. 

Thank you for all the wonderful comments. I had such a ball reading them --- and I'm going to have to try the black-eyed peas next New Year's day!


  1. I'm looking forward to all the new books being released in 2013 and of course my best friend getting married in August! So happy and excited for her!
    suzi1811 @ fsmail.net

  2. I'm looking forward to a healthier year in 2013 and success in my part-time job. Tonight, I'll be at a friend's house; a small gathering, but fun.

    Happy New Year!

    Bea beasbooknook at gmail dot com

    1. Okay, I've clicked on 3 different links from the list and not one had their blog hop post up. You might be in this alone.

    2. I'm so sorry you haven't found anyone else's post up yet. We were to post them sometime today in order to be ready for JAN 1st, when the hop technically starts.

  3. im hoping to be healthier in 13 and im staying in, the weathers dreadful julie.beasley@btinternet.com

  4. I am looking forward to being able to walk normal. My knee is on the mend. :-)


  5. Looking forward to spending a quiet day at home with my Mom and my husband tomorrow, tonight we will probably huddle close in front of a DVD on TV as we try to keep warm as chilly in our part of Texas. 2013 is truly starting off winter weather as today is gloomy, rainy and cold and tomorrow promises to be more of the same for us.


  6. The New Year's superstition that my grandmother swore by was don't do any washing (laundry) on New Year's day because you will wash someone out of the family.

  7. I used to be bothered by New Year superstitions until one year I didn't do the usual cleaning etc. and nothing changed at all! Now I don't bother and just treat it like any other day. Mind you I wish things would change as I would love to have a lucky year for a change :D

    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  8. We are staying home this year and watching it all happen on tv. Things get crazy here in Las Vegas on New Years and we didn't want to be caught out on all the crowds this year. lol


  9. We always stay at home, watch a movie, pop popcorn, then watch the ball drop in NY Times Square. Hubby goes to bed soon after, and i read!!!!
    Barb Henderson

  10. I am looking forward to a great 2013, celebrating with friends and family. Hoping to quit smoking and get more in shape this year!

    Crystal Guidroz

  11. Besides looking forward to all the new releases this coming year....I am hoping for less pain....but if that doesn't happen....I am looking forward to spending more even more time with my hubby.

    Not doing anything out of the home tonight. Hubby is working (he might be home before midnight) and the weather is bad. Got some snow and now it is freezing on the roads. We don't go anywhere anyway....so all is good.

    I wish everyone a very healthy and happy New Year! Yay 2013!

    Deb T

  12. I always make pork and sauerkraut on New Year's day.
    It supposed to be good luck to have it on New Year's day.

    Happy New Year!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  13. Since having kids we have always spent New Years day together as a family. Lounging around the house, watching movies and eating way too many good things.
    I like the idea of all of us just being together and bringing in the New Year.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    kindlemom1 at hotmail.com

  14. Hrm. In 2013, I'm looking forward to losing more weight, reading more books, and maybe my husband finally getting a job!

    trekkieturtle AT gmail DOT com

  15. I always watch the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's. Thanks for the giveaway.

    PamelaKKinney (at) yahoo (dot) com

  16. In 2013 I'd like to read at least 150 books (I reached 111 this year) and I want to finish writing my "book".
    I'll also start my very first internship and then graduate at the psychology university (I can't belive it!)
    So... I hope this new year will be amazing!


  17. I don't really do much on New Year's Eve, but I'm looking forward to reading tons of great books this year :)


  18. Hopefully my family gets to move into our new home this year!


  19. I hope to get more organized in the New Year and look forward to great reads in 2013!

  20. Love the list, thank you and Happy New Year.


  21. I celebrated with friends and family. No wild partying for me this year.

    Happy New Year!


  22. Happy New Year. I spent it with family.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  23. Nice list.
    Happy New Year!
    t.abule (a) yahoo (dot) com

  24. Happy New Year

    Home with the kiddos

  25. I spent mine reading.

  26. I spend mine with my family for dinner and dancing.


  27. i spent mine reading


  28. Happy New Year, Dani! I spent my New Year with my children. We spent the evening watching movies until midnight.

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway opportunity!

    bonafidereflections (at) gmail (dot) com

  29. I'm look forward to paying down my credit cards, what with finally having a job.
    Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  30. Happy New Year!

    chellesy.clay at gmail dot com

  31. I am looking forward to taking vacation with my sister. For new years I spent the night with my friends. It was great. Thanks for being part of the hop.


  32. Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year. For this year I need to find a job since I’m graduating college this Spring, so yup.


  33. A superstition my parents always told me was not to be alone on new years or you will be alone all year. Kinda sad lol.


  34. January 1 is my husband and I's "Dating Anniversary". This year we have been together for 15 years, and this last 08/20/12, we have been married for 10!
    We don't do anything too stressful, but we love to cuddle up and watch movies together (RESIDENT EVIL MARATHON!!!!) :) Happy New Year to all, and may it be a STELLAR YEAR!!!!

  35. celebrated with family

    Happy new year!


  36. Sleeping through it!!

    Happy New Year.


  37. I love watching New Year's fireworks outside.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  38. thanks! happy new year
    Played games, and want to lose weight
    mrsbrinius at comcast dot net

  39. Happy Nw Year and thank you for sharing your love and your soul with us in your books!


  40. There is a belief in Scotland (or is it Ireland?) that if a tall, dark, handsome male stranger comes to your door bearing gifts, like a handful of salt or meat, you will be prosperous all year long. Apparently, men who fit this description are very busy on News Years Eve. Now that's a superstition I can live with.

  41. super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating! We stayed at home with the boys, ringing in the UK new year, watched a movie, and put the boys to bed by 9 :)
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

  42. My husband and I celebrated New Years with friends. We played boardgames and card games.

    I'm hoping to get all of the books sent to me with review requests read and reviewed on my blog.

    saphsbookblog at gmail dot com

  43. Well....Hubby had to work. Our son mostly stayed in his man-cave in the basement and I stayed up waiting for hubby while reading.

    Looking forward to? Not real sure yet. Will have to see what happens.

    Happy New Year!

    Deb T
    mammy4423 at yahoo.com

  44. Stayed home this year and watched on TV. Was too tired from cooking a big meal for family. Happy New year. Loved reading the examples of "What You See, What you get".
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  45. We have Family Fun Night at our house. It's an evening to play our favorite board games (Monopoly & Scrabble), video games (Just Dance) and just spend time together as a family. We have a "toast" at midnight while we watch the fireworks display on TV. It's a special tradition & one that means so much more as the kids get older.

    Michelle H.

  46. One thing we do every NY is that we eat Pork and Sauerkraut it's supposed to give you good luck and good fortune for the year.

    Dawna N.


  47. Aquiet evening for hubby and me, we shared a bottle of bubbly!

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

  48. we stayed home... household was sick for the holidays... got better on the 1st so we decided to clean the house and move the livingroom around and we did have a glass of wine and went to bed early.


  49. We are very low key around our house. We have friends over, the kids play, the adults play board games and try new drinks. Lots of food, laughter, and fun. Not to mention, the doggy gets lots of attention from everyone.

    Happy New Year.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  50. Go out to eat and the gym on New Years Day.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  51. I complied with the rules on all the superstitions you listed. I was worried there for a moment. I spend the night to the wee hours reading after the New Year eve ball has dropped. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!


  52. We had a quiet New Year at home as OH had the flu. He has very generously passed it on to me now, aren't I lucky!
    Happy New Year to you.


  53. LOL, some of those New Years Resolutions have intrigued my mind because i may have done them - LOL The only one I have ever heard of was to eat black eyed peas for good luck. This year hubby and I just stayed home, it was quiet and relaxing. We watched movies till the time for the New Year Kiss. It was pretty romantic too until the 3 dogs jumped up on the couch with us right at the moment we were kissing - LOL They were scared from all the loud noises comeing from the fireworks going off outside. LOL

    In a way I think if you get a kiss on New Years Eve/day then your love life will always be good. LOL

    Happy New years

    1. Congrats Ronda! Your name was drawn as the winner of my giveaway. I'll be emailing you in a few minutes.

    2. Thank you, I am so excited! This is AWESOME!

  54. We always have ham and cabbage for New Years! We are Irish so it is our tradition, although we change it up sometimes and have corned beef instead of ham.

    This year I have a goal to read 365 books, a book a day challenge!! Let's see how well I do!


  55. I have never heard of those superstitions. Interesting. My mom always made us eat black eyed peas. She still makes it every year and expects us come over for lunch. This year she was singing "Let's Get It Started" while she was cooking. lol

    wilovebooks at gmail dot com

  56. I normally just watch Dick Clark's New Year's show :)
    I look forward to going back to school
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  57. My family eats everytime the same things on New Year's Eve!
    Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway
    movie1997 at live dot it

  58. Hopefully this is the year of transition instead of chaos. Looking forward to new beginnings. Happy new 2013. Good luck with your books.

  59. Thanks for the interesting facts!
    Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!

  60. Happy 2013,thanks for the chance to win.


  61. 2012 wasn't a great year by any means, but I'll work very hard to ensure that 2013 will be a lot better! :) I have finishing up school & finding a decent job on the to-do/resolution list. ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  62. Goodness that is just to many things to keep up with! lol I am from the south, Black Eyed Pea's and ham Hocks are what we eat on New Years Day.

  63. In West Virgingia We have to eat Cabbage on New Years day, it is an old wise tale that if you do, you will have money throughout the comming year :D
    Happy New Year & Big Hugs
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  64. Happy New Year. May it be a good one.

    You know with all the strange beliefs and superstitions growing up, I can honestly think of none that pertain to New Years (odd). A favorite memory is starting the new year with my family, hugs, kisses, and laughter.

    thx mzliz.woods@gmail.com

  65. I made a goal to be kinder to myself this year. I often do things for other people to the detriment of myself.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  66. I slept through it.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  67. Happy New Year!

    Did you know in the Philippians it's good luck for the new year if you wear polka dots. I went to a party where one of the women just came from there and that what she told us they do.


  68. I spent New Year's Eve with my kids watching fireworks and they got to stay up way past bedtime to see the ball drop! :)


  69. I don’t make New Years resolutions anymore. I am going to try to pay off at least one of the credit cards this year. Wishing good things and much success for you in 2013. Happy New Year and thanks for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  70. For NYE I hung around the house with a couple of good friends and a bottle of 18 year old scotch!

    Happy New Year & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  71. One New Year's Eve my brother took the entire family out for the evening. I remember dancing with all my brothers. A very precious memory since they are gone from my life noe.


  72. Favorite memory is setting off fireworks when I was a kid.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  73. I've heard a lot of those superstitions you wrote about.


  74. I didn't do anything stayed home watched tv. Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  75. My favorite part of New Year's Eve is the midnight kiss... It has been for 7 yrs now thanks to a certain guy :)
    Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
    Best Wishes in 2013
    uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  76. Didnt do anything special, just stayed home and relaxed
    Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  77. My normal tradition is nothing other than eating black eyed peas for New Years. However, this year for the very first time, I didn't. I don't know what's to become of my non-pea eating self. We'll see!
    Happy New Year! I thank you for being a part of the hop!
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  78. I stayed at home with my family!


  79. Another superstition that my great-grandma followed: Don't sweep on New Year's Day, or you'll sweep out all the good luck.

    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

  80. Hi Dani. Don't enter me for your contest as I have all your books(won one + tote).
    I love these superstitions. Thanks for sharing.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  81. I'm looking forward to an upcoming trip that we'll hopefully get to take in the spring. Somewhere I've always wanted to go so hopefully the $$$ we need for it will work out.

    Happy new year and thanks for the giveaway!

    always.and.never AT gmail DOT com

  82. Great Hop!

    Adila (from Azerbaijan)

  83. Very interesting information about the New Year! Thank you for sharing!

    And, thank you for the great giveaway!

    Happy 2013!

    - Tin (khriscc at yahoo dot com)

  84. don't celebrate new years anymore, used to go out partying with my friends but those days are over - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  85. I rang in the new year with my boyfriend and pup. Thanks! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  86. I celebrate at home reading a good book!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  87. Hi! Happy New Years! I spent the day with my family. We watched movies, put together a puzzle and toaster in the new year. Thanks for the awesome hop and all the giveaways! This is so fun! I love these hops! I always meet new authors, reconnect with old ones and my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds! Thank you!! Have a great day! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

  88. Happy New Year to you!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  89. We celebrate the new year at home with a nice dinner.
    Happy New Year!
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  90. thanks for hop

  91. I"m looking forward to a new job in 2013 ;)

    Happy New Year

  92. My daughter is 12 and we stayed up with her, drank nonalcoholic sparkly and watched the ball drop. I figure she only has a few years left of thinking that's fun. LOL

    Happy New Year!
    wayfaringwriter at gmail dot com

  93. I'm looking forward to getting out of these two casts so I can walk down the aisle on my wedding day without the aid of a wheelchair. I fell on the ice on Wed Jan 9th and broke both of my ankles. So not the great start to the New Years that I wanted. I even ate the mashed potatoes, sauerkraut and ham that my German grandfather said you had to eat to ward off bad luck in the New Year! So I dont know how I got such bad luck :..(

    Thanks for participating!


  94. Diet and exercise .

  95. I know a guy who went SCUBA diving under the water where New Year's fireworks were being set off this year. He got some neat shots of "how the fish see the celebration."


    Happy New Year from What-Are-They.com ! I hope you have a great one. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

  96. Happy New Year. I went to bed! I know fun right!


  97. Happy New Year top all and thanks for the hop.

  98. Thanks for the giveaway. My resolution is to spend more time with friends and less time at work.


  99. We celebrate the New Year at home with family and friends. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy New Year!



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