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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Husband Jim's heritage is Scottish.
A great Scottish tradition is Hogmanay
First Footing

The first foot is the first person to enter your house.
They bring symbolic gifts of salt, coal, shortbread, whisky and black bun (fruit cake)
which represents flavor, warmth, food, good cheer and financial prosperity

They're meant to bring luck to the householder.

Food and drink are then given to the guest.

In Scotland, this may go on throughout the early hours of the morning
(and well into the next day)

The first-foot is supposed to set the luck for the rest of the year.

Traditionally, tall dark haired men are preferred as the first-foot.
(Kilts are optional!)

We at Linderhof
wish you and yours
a Very Happy New Year
and may your year
have flavour, warmth, food, good cheer
and financial prosperity!


Pat said...

Interesting. . .
Happy New Year!!!

Pondside said...

Happy New Year, Martha! We have, in the past, gone First Footing. Lots of fun!

Michelle said...

All the best to you in 2015!