Wednesday, January 2, 2008

First Footing

Today is a work day for me. The first one in over a week. I can't say that I was chomping at the bit to get back in the harness but here I am.

I received a card from some Scottish friends who wrote about Hogmanay. I had forgotten some of the curious New Year customs but thought they might be appropriate on this day after New Year's day.

The Hogmanay customs include cleaning the house, paying off debts and being sure to clean all the ashes out the fireplace (it was believed by some that you could read the future revealed in the old ashes) -- all symbolic of starting anew. I would like to say that I did these but not a one was done at my house. We did observe the southern tradition of eating Hoppin' John and collard greens yesterday. Those represent Luck and Money, both of which are welcome on any given day.

And there wasn't a "first footer" on New Year's Day at our house either. For this tradition, it is believed to bring luck for the rest of the year if the first person to cross the threshold of your home is a tall dark handsome man. This person, known as a "first footer" arrives after midnight bearing gifts which include a lump of coal, black bun, shortbread and, of course, an ample supply of whiskey...

Well, no one outside the household came in and instead of coal, a black bun and whiskey, we had Hoppin' John and collard greens with cornbread. I think that a "first footer" bringing whiskey isn't my idea of good luck. But it's an interesting old tradition nonetheless.

Hope that your Wednesday is going well. And that the tall, dark and handsome man who crosses your threshold brings suitable gifts for your luck in the New Year.


  1. Well, I continue to learn somethin' every day.
    Love the picture!

  2. Hi..we had black eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread..for our good luck, health and money.
    I just got full and gassy...whatev.
    Happy new year darlin'

  3. This is the first year in I don't know how long I haven't cooked hoppin' johns & cabbage & cornbread. My mother is from the south, & we had it every year, I have continued the tradition, except for this year. Hope 2008 isn't a bad luck year. That's interesting about the 'first footer'. That's ok, you don't need the whiskey.

  4. wow, I didnt know all that... LOL but I dig the cleanin house paying off debts and cleaning the ashes out of your fire place, both figuratively and metephoracically..
    LOL not to self take a spelling class for 08

  5. lovely to hear about the traditions. pray tell.... what are Hoppin' John and collard greens?

  6. cool.
    i sent you an email with a link you might like.
    hope you like it!

  7. happy new year, keep on with the pics, I hope 2008 will be a good one for you :)


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