My friend’s grandfather would come over to our house every New Year’s Day for a celebration dinner. Every year, he would always bring collards and cabbage to dinner and everyone would eat more than their fair share. I remember thinking this was strange because I wasn’t the only one who didn’t particularly care for them, yet everyone ate a large helping at dinner. I finally asked my friend’s grandfather why he only brought collards and cabbage to dinner on New Years Day and he explained to me that if you eat collards and cabbage on New Years Day, it would bring you money throughout the year.
Of course, I was skeptical at first. However, one year I decided to give it a try and eat some collards and cabbage at New Years dinner. I didn’t come into a large sum of money, but I did have fairly good financial success throughout the year. I’ve eaten them every New Years Day since then and I haven’t had any dire financial trouble yet. I never asked my informant where she heard this piece of folklore from, but my entire family still makes collards and cabbage on New Years Day in hopes of good fortune in the upcoming year.