In Belgium on New Year’s Day, le jour du Nouvel An or Nieuwjaarsdag, children offer greetings of good health and best wishes to their parents and grand-parents for the upcoming year. A heart-shaped vanilla cake, filled with a buttery cream and decorated with marzipan, nuts and chocolate, is traditionally eaten on the first day of the year.
Etiquette dictates the gift of a box of chocolate pralines or a small tray of vanilla cookies, topped with candied fruits, to your hosts if invite on New Year’s day. Those will be shared with freshly brewed coffee. What a splendid way to start 2012.
Happy New Year!