Do you have any special traditions for New Years Day? In our house there are a couple of traditions and one involves football and the other food! It used to be the best bowl games were played on New Years Day. Now the national championship game takes place several days after January 1st. But, that hasn't stopped the tradition in our house where New Years Day is known for football football, football. And to go along with that tradition there is the food......... Food that southern's have eaten for decades to bring in the new year.