Amy Engstrom Clugg's two children were adopted
from Russia and she and her husband incorporate Russian
celebrations into their New Year's festivities.
"New Year's became a big holiday for Russia during
Communism when they couldn't celebrate religious holidays," she
says. "Even today, New Year's remains their bigger celebration,
with many Russians still putting up a New Year's tree."
Their family makes a big Russian meal and celebrates
midnight for all of Russia's nine time zones, especially their
kids' birth cities, as well as the Chicago New
Linda Kelley of Elmhurst keeps a Greek
tradition alive by baking a Vasilopita, a New Year's cake. The cake
has a coin, wrapped in foil, baked inside. When the cake is cut at
midnight, whoever gets the piece with the coin in it is supposed to
have good luck in the new year.