9 New Year's Traditions From Cultures Around The World 

Whether you’re ringing in New Year’s Eve from some exciting foreign country or at home with family and friends, you probably have a New Year’s tradition or two. Common traditions throughout the United States include singing “Auld Lang Syne” to greet the New Year, and eating black-eyed peas for good luck.

Around the world, cultures welcome the change of the calendar with unique New Year’s traditions of their own. Here are some of our favorite New Year’s traditions around the world (we’re especially fans of Colombia’s!).


In Spain, it is customary to eat 12 grapes – one at each stroke of the clock at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Each grape represents good luck for one month of the…

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Whipped Feta Dip with Spicy Honey


  • 200 g/7 oz feta
  • 100 g/3.5 oz ricotta
  • 50 g/1.7 oz sour cream
  • salt + black pepper
  • 5 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp crushed red chili flakes
  • salt + black pepper
  • chopped chives (optional)
  • 1 tsp za’atar
  • 1 tsp black & white sesame seeds
  • pita chips, naan or raw veggies, for serving


    1. Feta, ricotta and sour cream should be at room temperature.
    2. Add feta, ricotta and sour cream to a food processor. Season with salt and pepper. Blend on high until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Taste, add salt and pepper if needed.
    3. In a saucepan, heat olive oil. Add garlic, sauté on very low heat until soft. Turn off…

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Under Contract is this great 2 bedroom, 2 bath beach condo. The Spa at Port Royal is beachfront and mid-island so you are close to the water and to all the shopping and restaurants you can imagine! This recently renovated condo bright and fresh. 

If you are looking for a home or vacation home on the beach, call us today.

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Dove Street Festival of Light 30th Anniversary

The Dove Street Festival of Lights®, an Island holiday tradition for 30 years, has returned to its original, neighborly location in North Forest Beach! A gift to our community by the Dove Street Neighbors, visitors from across the region will once again be able to experience the magic of the cascading and tastefully tacky display, illuminating our Island for the month of December. Drive down Dove Street to experience the magic of the holidays. (Walking is allowed, but there is no parking available on Dove Street.)
December 1 - 31, 2021, from dusk to 11 p.m. For more information visit the Facebook page here. 

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All I want for Christmas is a brand new house! Are you asking Santa for a new home this year too? If you are, check out this updated Mill Creek at Cypress Ridge home with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. 

  • a first floor master and a fenced in yard...need we say more?
  • alright fine there's the gorgeous main level floors too
  • the open kitchen 
  • the sunroom is perfect for morning coffee
  • great sized rooms
  • situated on a cul-de-sac and over .25 acres

Let's go see it today! Call me.

268 Cooper Run Road l Mill Creek at Cypress Ridge l Bluffton

Offered at $499,900

Listed by Shannon Chapman with Coldwell Banker Access Realty - Beaufort

What is our Crush of the Week you ask? ─ Definition: A "Crush" is a brief and…

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Under Contract! Our buyers will be closing on this gorgeous Palmetto Pointe home. 13 Isle of Palms E is a fantastic single family home in Bluffton. The location is easy to get to everything that Bluffton has to offer. 

If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell in Palmetto Pointe, call us today. 

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Under Contract. Our buyers will be sitting pretty on Henry's Pond in the gated community of Moss Creek. This great 3 bedroom home has a Carolina room, vaulted ceiling, and gorgeous hardwood floors. They are close to the amenities center, golf and trails.

If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling in Moss Creek, call us today.

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Need an easy dessert to bring to a holiday party? Try this one!

  • White Almond Bark
  • German Chocolate Bar
  • Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • Dry Roasted Peanuts


  • Add white almond bark, German chocolate bar, semisweet chocolate chips, and peanuts to slow cooker
  • Let cook on low for 1 hour without messing with it
  • After an hour, stir to combine everything
  • Allow to cook for another hour, stirring every 15 minutes
  • Drop spoonfuls of the candy onto wax paper and allow to cool completely

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Wreaths Across America - Beaufort

Did you know that this National program takes place locally? This Saturday, December 18th at the Beaufort National Cemetery volunteers will honor our Veterans by placing wreaths on their gravesites. This is a great tradition that happens annually all over the country. It is an amazing and moving experience. They will have a ceremony prior to the wreath laying and large trucks come in with the wreaths on them. 

The weather is going to be warm, come out and help!

Visit their Facebook page here to find out more details. 

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From the opportunity to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates to changing homeowner needs, Americans have more motivation than ever to buy a home. According to the experts, buyers are making moves right now, creating an unseasonably strong housing market for this time of year.

As we wrap up the fall season and move into the winter months, here’s a look at what several industry leaders have to say about the continued momentum in the current market, and what it means as we head into the early part of next year.

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist, National Association of Realtors (NAR)

“This solid buying is a testament to demand still being relatively high, as it is occurring during a time when inventory is still markedly low. The notable…

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