TYLER, TX (KLTV) – When the clock strikes midnight, many will be toasting and many more will be kissing.
Of all the holiday traditions, there's probably nothing more universally iconic than the New Year's Eve Kiss. But, did you know "who" you smooch at the stroke of midnight may determine if you're in for a year of good fortune or bad luck?
It's a tradition that started with the Ancient Romans according to kissing expert and author, Andrea Demirjian. She says it pays to kiss in the New Year.
"Kiss someone of a good heart, and you're in for a year of good fortune," Demirjian states. "The idea is that if you kiss someone a little mysterious or inauspicious, you might be heading down a path of not the best luck."
But, before you pucker up, there are some do's and don'ts.
Demirjian suggests you freshen up, especially if you've been drinking. "You don't want your kissing dinged on a technicality like foul breath or chapped lips."
She also suggests holding off on kissing during the day, to make it more exciting at midnight.
In public, keep the kiss simple. If you're single, don't fret. Kissing is for everyone! Demirjian says single people should grab a friend, loved one, or even a pet.
"New Year's Eve is like the 007 license to kiss, so I always encourage people to be spontaneous," she says.
Cheers to sealing your New Year with a kiss.