It is always amazing to have strong traditions and to share these with the next generation. M&H partake in many of these, on New Years it is the eating of black eyed peas, which is a Southern tradition from Papa Bear's side of the family (GA, NC). Good luck comes to those who eat this humble pea. Plus, this year we had more country ham than we knew what to do with. You see pictured here - a toasty pan of cornbread, a hambone in progress and a big bowl of black eyed peas, soaking in hot water - preparing for the dutch oven.