“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’” ― Alfred Lord Tennyson

The eve of 2019 has inspired us to explore food traditions from around the world that are said to bring prosperity and luck to all those who partake on New Year’s Day.

Soba noodles bid goodbye to a year gone by and welcome the new year that is just beginning: Japan

Hoppin’ John, with African and West Indian roots, brings good luck and prosperity: American South

Cotechino con Lenticchie is eaten for wealth and good fortune: Italy

Las doce uvas de la suerte (the 12 lucky grapes), eaten during the twelve strokes of midnight, promise good luck in the new year: Spain

Kuku Sabzi is said to bring abundance and fertility: Iran

Pancakes, foie gras, and champagne are eaten during le Réveillon de Saint-Sylvestre feast for good luck: France

Olie Bollen’s round shape represents coming full circle at the new year: Holland

In Alabama: “The New Year Trinity” on the Journal


@ Alabama Chanin
Please note, Alabama Chanin, The Factory Store + Café, and The School of Making (including customer service and shipping) will be closed Tuesday, January 1st, in observance of New Year’s Day.

@ The School of Making
The First Tuesday sewing group will not meet on Tuesday, January 1 as The Factory will be closed in celebration of New Year’s Day. Join us instead on Tuesday, January 8th for a morning or making and fellowship.

@ The Factory Store + Café
The Factory Store + Café will also be closed for inventory from January 1 – 7, 2019. It will reopen on January 8th with new hours and offerings. Learn all about our updates here on the Journal.

Please note:
– The Factory Store + Cafe will be closed on Mondays in 2019.

– Once we reopen, our team will be able to serve you Tuesday – Saturday in the store and café. While we won’t have the hot menu, we will have a stocked cooler with small bites, baked goods, and beverages.

– The cafe will continue to offer catering services for our community and host various events and dinners throughout the year.

So join us for brunch on Saturdays in 2019 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Or call our events coordinator at 256.760.1090 to schedule a pre-arranged group lunch.

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