|Why Is Pork & Sauerkraut a New Years Tradition?|
Being also of part German, I remember Grandma saying pork and sauerkraut were good luck. I've always been a big fan of pork kielbasa and sauerkraut personally, and it's a fairly common southern meal here in the south as it's commonly served with macaroni.
The reason for the luck? Pork from a "fat" pig, means a "abundant" year ahead, and the kraut, being from green cabbage, which resembles money. "ich habe Schwein gehabt," or I have had pig," which means colloquially that: I have had good luck!"
Speaking of the south, I found this tidbit interesting: