Hogmanay...a Scottish welcome to the New Year!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)

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We're coming up to New Year's Eve...the traditional time to look back and take stock and then to look forward, with élan!

The Celtic tradition in Scotland is an interesting one to follow: fire in the hearth, food on the table, the old (Christmas decorations) out of the house and everything cleaned & ship shape to welcome the New Year.

Called Hogmanay, it's about light and feasting and family and friends...a mix of rue for those now gone and an effervescent welcome to the new, for those still present. (Think Auld Lang Syne...by Scotland's poet and voice, Robert Burns).

Singing, country dancing (remembering the steps of a reel is better for inspiring the mind than any number of crossword or sudoko puzzles!), and stories...and oh yes, the dark haired man, with a gift for the house, is the designated "first foot"....

Traditions are both history and fun...perhaps the English and the Germans created elements of the Christmas traditions we celebrate today, but the Scots understood the welcome of the New Year.

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Diane McDermott
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Lovely post Li, it's always interesting to hear different traditions around the holidays.  Wishing you much success in the New Year and hope that you end this one with much to be thankful for :)

December 29, 2011 05:41 PM
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Love the history of Hogmanay, Li. I wish a Happy, Healthy and Properous 2012. And, a wonderful New Year's weekend.

December 30, 2011 08:10 AM
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Li, love this concept. The German tradition of eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day is a similar idea. But I think I like yours even more. We tend to decorate later for Christmas and keep things up longer. However, the family is gathering on New Year's Day to do some celebrating. Hope you have a great 2012.

Cal

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Good to hear from you all, Diane, Toni, and Cal...very best wishes for a superb 2012, to all of you!

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