This year, our neighbor Ellen, made us some delicious Hoppin' John for New Years Day. We had celebrated in the past with black-eyed peas and corn bread, but this was new for us. We learned that Hoppin' John is a New Years Eve South Carolina tradition. There are many stories that surround it, but my favorite one involves the Gullah people. Apparently, there was a Gullah family here on the islands back in the late 1800's. When the wife made this dish, her husband John, always came a Hoppin'.
This is one one of my very favorite moments of the whole Christmas season- early Christmas morning before the kids wake up. So peaceful and lovely. This year, Christmas fell on a Sunday. It was nice to wake up, let the kids open a gift, and then head out the door to spend the morning with church family and to sing the songs and hear the stories of Christmas. Beautiful!