Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

The Happiest of New Year's



to you!!!!

Scottish New Year's Customs

Hogmanay is a more important holiday in Scotland than Christmas. On the last night of the old year and the first few minutes of the new, Scots prefer to be in their own homes (or with friends). And they abandon their vacuum cleaner and sweep their floor -- so that the Auld Year is swept out just as the New Year is welcomed in.

After midnight, relatives and friends call upon one another in the early hours of the morning and the first few days of the New Year.

It's important that the "first foot" (your first visitor after Midnight) be a tall and dark man!

When you "first foot" someone, (that is to visit them for the first time in the New Year), it is customary to take some shortbread or tea or whisky or some token of good will.

And, of course, as the clock strikes midnight, not only the Scots but everyone sings Auld Lang Syne.

Although husband Jim's heritage is Scottish, we don't follow Scottish customs on New Year's or Hogmanay.

But, this year, I think, I'll bake some shortbread to take when I go visiting after January 1. I think that is a lovely custom!


Southerncook said...

Taking shortbread when you go visiting is a lovely custom. Happy New Year to you Martha. My wish for this coming year is that we make every effort to meet. I have my glass of champagne in hand and I am raising up my glass to wish the Happiest of the New Year.I hope you escaped all that bad weather in your area today.


Pondside said...

Happy New Year, Martha! My dad tells stories about First Footing in Cape Breton, and still thinks it's a good idea to have a dark man cross the threshold before anyone else in the New Year.

Lyn said...

Happy new year to you and your family.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a fun and lovely custom. Happy New Year! I hope this is the best year ever filled with nothing but Blessings. Hugs, Marty

From the Kitchen said...

My mother always said it was important for the first visitor in the house on new year's day to be a man. I don't think she specified his physical appearance. I was just thinking about that yesterday and wondered what she did if a woman turned up first?

Whomever arrives at your door this day, I hope you enjoy them and have a wonderful year.


Ben said...

What a lovely way to think about all of this, Martha. (Though I'm also quite fond of the Dutch tradition of eating donuts on New Year's Day. ;-) ) Best wishes to you for a happy new year!


Mary Bergfeld said...

It is a lovely custom, Martha. I hope the New Year brings you continuing health and happiness. Blessings...Mary

Unknown said...

Happy New Year and lots fo good 'blogging moments ' for more 365 days now =D

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Sounds like fun!!

On Crooked Creek said...

I vaccumed the floors first thing this morning! How funny is that!
Glady the last tree is down, put away, and I'm ready to begin the New Year with a clean, organized home!Keep your creative writings and inspirational decor coming fresh and New this Year.

GardenOfDaisies said...

I love old customs like that, or at least modern variations of them. :-)
Happy New Year to you, Martha!

lindaraxa said...

Interesting how they sweep the floor of the "old" and we Cubans throw out a bucketfull of water! Notwithstanding, the idea is the same. Goes to show you there must be something going on here!

Happy New Year, dear's to inspiration for the new year!