I am off to swim with the Coney Island Polar Bears now. I realize I am cheating by doing this on the warmest Jan. 1st ever, but hey - it's not my fault it's warm!
Old Lithuanian New Years Day traditions:
1. Lithuanians believe that on New Years Day it is fortuitous to sweep money into your house through each entryway. Take
the largest bill you have (a $100 works nicely), go outside your front/back/side/garage door with a broom and put the
money on the ground. Sweep the bill over the threshhold and into the house proper. This will ensure that good fortune
will come your way in the new year.
2. Place a few coins on the outside of a window sill of your house. This is also thought to bring good luck and good fortune.
3. Eat pierogies and sauerkraut for good luck.