Ugggh, dead stuff is so gross. We got mice in our VA house every winter and it was definitely not fun! My DH had to handle those for me too. Thankfully nothing ever died when he was out to sea.
My DH grew up in the South and we have taken on the New Year's Day traditions of collard greens, black eyed peas, & hog jowls (I don't always do this, sometimes we settle for just the ham hocks in the peas and greens)
One Christmas Eve I made Spaetzle and Cabbage with a recipe Emeril and now that has become a tradition with Sticky Buns for Christmas morning often. We do love to eat.