Growing up in NE PA, we always had pork, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes on New Years Day (i hated it back then, but love it now). I've lived in the south now for 12 years and here it's black-eyed peas, collard greens, cornbread and pork. My understanding is that the greens represent money/prosperity and pigs represent progress.
I've always made pork and sauerkraut and would like to know what you do with your pork chops/loin roast/sausages? What traditions did your family practice when you were young that you continue on with now? My parents always allowed us to stay up until midnight at which time we went on the front porch with whistles, noisemakers and pan lids to clang and scream "Happy New Year!"