A hogmanay tradition

Hogmanay001 In British Folklore the first-foot, is the first person to cross the threshold of a home on New Years Day and a bringer of good fortune for the coming year.

Although it is acceptable in many places for the first-footer to be a resident of the house, they must not be in the house at the stroke of midnight in order to first-foot (thus going out of the house after midnight and then coming back in to the same house is not considered to be first-footing). The first-foot is traditionally a tall, dark-haired male (can I put a wig on my husband? he is dark haired under that balding shaved head look of his! Ill go with that :)

The first-foot usually brings several gifts, including perhaps a coin, bread, salt, coal, or a drink (usually whisky), which respectively represent financial prosperity, food, flavour, warmth, and good cheer!!

With this tradition in mind I thought this would be the perfect blogpost to toast in 2010 :) I have pretty awesome parents, I have to say. They are also the most romantic and loving couple I know and after 40+ years of marriage, they still hold hands, even on a short walk to Safeway. Its pretty darn cute!

As I am writing this, its now 2010 in Scotland and in good honoured tradition my Dad first footed my mum for the 41st year!! My mum sits and brings in the New Year with the traditional New Year Celebrations unfolding on the TV and my dad freezes his ass off in this 2009-2010 minus 7 weather in the car listening to the radio. Waits a few minutes and then graces my mum with his tall dark handsome good looks as her first foot of 2010 bearing a variety of chocolate treats. Not so dark now, but still the same handsome man she fell in love with in high school :) are you tearing up yet?! it's a pretty sweet tradition and to keep it up all these years!!BRAVO!!

So tonite, I'm going to honor the same tradition and have or demand depending how much whisky he drinks ;) my tall dark (shaved-headed) handsome husband first foot me and bring us some good fortune for 2010 :)

Wishing you all the best for the New Year and CHEERS! here's to a great year!!

Here are some super cute shots I took of my parents when I visited just a few months back, these were shot at Brigadoon in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Lots of love

Kirsty xo