My father was not really a superstitious person, except in three areas.
1. If a cat, and it did not matter the color of the cat, crossed in front of him, he would always cross out the cat with his finger in mid air.
2. He would never, ever sign his name with red ink. This goes back to accounting class, when accounts were hand written in black(+) or red(-) ink. As a business man who owned a trucking company, he wanted the books to show at the end of the year it was in the black!
3. All Christmas decorations HAD to be down and packed away before the stroke of midnight on New Year Eve. He felt all business of the previous year had to be complete and finished and that included the Christmas decorations.
So as you can see from the naked tree above, I am well on my way to having all my decorations down and put away by midnight on the 31st. The tree is officially down & out the door. The other stuff will remain in place until next Monday. Tomorrow, with good weather, the lights outside, will be down and put away. It is hard giving up old habits that one has followed for ??? years! The year 2007 is slowly coming to an end. So I too must clear out 2007 and get ready for 2008!