AECapital City Weekly Just about every family has some sort of New Year tradition. It may be watching football, sleeping in after the big party the night before, bloody marys and a nice brunch, or simply a pajama day. In our family the tradition is to eat black-eyed peas and collard greens. It is supposed to promote good fortune and posterity. The peas are for all the cents you'll make in the coming year and the greens are for the dollars you'll make. The problem with this theory is that I loathe collard greens. I've only had them one time when I really liked them and that was when Elizabeth, my friend and co-worker made them for an office party. They were delicious.