Today, I made lentil soup and served it with some crusty garlic bread. Lentil soup on New Year's Day is a tradition in our family. My grandmother and great grandmother brought the tradion over from Germany--it was believed that lentils on New Years Day would bring abundance and health in the year to come. Loretta's tradition is the observe January 1 with a Peace Prayer. This can take a variety of forms and focuses on the world and others outside our own community. So today, we combined the traditions and had others over for a peace prayer and lentil soup as a celebration of the day.