On both parental sides my forefathers did this ages ago, though not because of Jesus, mind you. :)
This is the second time our Family will go through 'Yılbaşı' (lit. Head of the Year [New Year Festivities)] without our beloved Father.
Divination will be done...
Nuts and Chocolate will be consumed.
Bellies will be laden with yummy turkish, traditional Dinner.
Everything cleaned and shiny at home.
Everyone looks and behaves prim and proper.
No fights and arguments from sundown of New Year's Eve until sundown of the New Year's Day.
All in the hopes of a peaceful, lucky and prosper Year to come.
The way you behave around New Year's Eve, is the kind this upcoming Year will be for you and your loved Ones.
I will be back in 13 Days.
I wish you all lovely Holidays, lots of Presents and a Happy New Year 2016.
Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun!