Area prepares to celebrate

Published 12:49 am Sunday, December 30, 2007

VIDALIA — With the New Year only two days away, Miss-Lou residents are once again preparing to bring the year in in their own ways.

For Joyce and Ray Crelia, that means having the traditional New Year’s Day foods — black-eyed peas, cornbread and cabbage.

“We’ll be spending it with family,” Joyce Crelia said.

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While they will be celebrating in their small way on New Year’s Day, Ray Crelia said he doesn’t plan to stay up late on New Year’s Eve to see the new year come around.

“I figure it will make it around without me,” Roy said.

Diane Cavasos, of Houston, said she made the drive Saturday morning to be with her family at the start of the new year.

“We’ll probably just have a toast with champagne,” she said. “I told my sister if she’s in Houston (for New Year’s), she can come to my place and eat cabbage rolls, and so this year we will probably eat cabbage rolls here.”

On the other end of the spectrum, Natchez teen Martin Charboneaux said he plans to see his New Year’s Eve build progressively through the evening.

Charboneaux said he and his friends will likely start out the evening hanging out before they head to a party at his mother’s house.

“After that, we’ll probably shoot some fireworks,” he said.

This year, Charboneaux said, he will take some knowledge he learned last year about fireworks safety and put it to good use.

“I burned some holes in my shirt and I set one of my shoes on fire,” he said. “It was pretty dangerous.”

However, local Heather King said she doesn’t have any plans for New Years’ Eve or Day.

“I’ve never really celebrated it,” she said. “It’s just another day to me.”