What do you think of this New Year's Eve tradition...

United States
December 28, 2006 5:58am CST
In Scotland people go "Furst Footin" You bring in the the New Year (Hogmanay) in your own home and wait on the first foot (person) to home into your home. They bring a piece of coal (warmth) a piece of shortbread (nourishment) and some spirits (Scotch Whiskey for happiness). Then you all go on to the next house and so on. This can last into the wee hours and there is quite a crowd of people going to the last house. This was so much fun and when I did this there was no driving just walking and bundled up against the cold Scottish night air.
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@gbspew (455)
• Bulgaria
28 Dec 06
It's cool for the people and bad for the trees.
• United States
28 Dec 06
You have peaked my curiosity...why trees... It was in Glasgow a large city not exactly filled with trees on the the streets
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
28 Dec 06
me too I didnt see anything mentioned about trees
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
29 Dec 06
I think that gbspew is referring to the trees that have been compressed over the millenia to create the coal. Although I also think that it is a little late to be concerned about a tree that ceased to exist so long ago.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
28 Dec 06
I have heard about it and as my Ex Husband was Scottish he had been through it I think it sounds like a fun thing to do but it must be so cold lol as I know it is colder in Scotland then what it is in England
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• United States
28 Dec 06
It was fun. Thanks.
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• India
29 Dec 06
is this start on the new year eve if yes then most of the scottish play there new year very cheaply and at the comfort of the home and the great thing celebrating like this we celebrate with all our family members
@vkbllm (474)
• India
28 Dec 06
well i dont give it any serious or emotional thought. It is just an another occasion to cheer and celebrate and have fun.
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• United States
29 Dec 06
Well I don't give any serious or emotional thought to your posting
@bimmer999 (1160)
• Philippines
28 Dec 06
nice tradition... although its superstitious i say.. lol
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• United States
28 Dec 06
Thanks maybe a wee bit superstitious. Happy New Year.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
28 Dec 06
That sounds like so much fun! would be nice to do that here but we dont know all the people in the neihgborhood and am sure some wouldnt open their doors. But bet it is great in a town where every one knows one another
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• United States
28 Dec 06
I agree with all the crime around people would be afraid. It was a long time ago and we only went to friends' homes. Probably things have changed there now too but I must remember to ask when I make my new years call.
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• India
29 Dec 06
this year people do not want to go mad partying as they do not enjoy as much as they can. every body is drunk exceptionally and dancing without even understaning why they are doing so..
• United States
29 Dec 06
Sad isn't it
• United States
29 Dec 06
Sad isn't it
@mansha (6301)
• India
29 Dec 06
I think its really nice and wonderful. I wish I was scottish or at least could start this trend in my community. what a nice way to kniow your neighbours and start a new year. I really liked this.
@mansha (6301)
• India
29 Dec 06
sorry this got posted twice by mistake as page didn't change
• United States
29 Dec 06
Thanks have Happy New Year
• United States
28 Dec 06
There are several comments in this thread that make no sense whatsoever, I am sorry folks do that whiteheather. As for the topic...what an outstanding tradition! Warmth, nourishment, and happiness are all we truly need. How far back does this tradition date, do you know? My family celebrates what I believe is an Irish tradition, from my ancestors...I am not certain of this though, it is just what I was told as a kid. We eat boiled cabbage on New Years Day, so we will be prosperous throughout the coming year. I still do it every year. But I believe prosperous means more than just money. It is love, health, and happiness too. Bless you in the New Year and enjoy "Furst Footin".
• United States
28 Dec 06
Thank you. That is another great thing I have noticed about this site is that some nice people defend your dicussion topic and some of the responses. I have heard about eating cabbage for the "Luck of the Irish" new year. Have a happy New Year!
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• United States
28 Dec 06
Good to know it wasn't all full of the "blarny", lol. Thanks, I look forward to having you as a friend.
@tambdy (1969)
29 Dec 06
When do we bring a piece of coal i have lived all my life in scotland and never heard of that. lol, i love watching still game and only an excuse new years night, i think alot of people think we always ware kilts and eat haggis. I have never eat haggis and i have worn one kilt.
• United States
29 Dec 06
You must have lived in the wrong part of Glasgow, I lived in Shawlands and Mount Florida, but that was a long time ago. My brother and I wore our kilts every Sunday for Church. My nephew and his bride had their wedding in full Scottish regalia just a few years ago. I even had haggis sent to me from Scotland. You sound like you are proud of not being too Scottish. Maybe with all your London photos maybe you are a Sassenach at heart.
• India
29 Dec 06
this seems to be a nice tradition..i would love to have such a tradition here in india!
• United States
29 Dec 06
It really is celebration to go into the future with love and hope in your heart, can make your own tradition. Happy New Year
• United States
29 Dec 06
never heard of this, but everones right it sounds really fun, and I bet the people from the first house get really drunk...
• United States
29 Dec 06
I suppose some did but not everyone drank that much..Happy New Year
@amafrias (456)
• United States
29 Dec 06
That is so cool, much better than our little countdown, kiss and pass out drunk..lol Although that can be fun too. That sounds like a way to be close with your neighbors, and a really great way to start a new year. Thanks for that bit of tradition from another place.
• United States
29 Dec 06
You're welcome. Happy New Year
• India
29 Dec 06
I am going to be with family and friends. A get-together at my home. We are a group of friends who hang out together at every New Year's Eve and this time too it will be the same.
• United States
29 Dec 06
Have fun!
• United States
29 Dec 06
My mom told me about this tradition when I was younger, sounds like a blast! She also told me about running out front at midnight and banging pots and pans... she had me and my brother and sister do this once when I was younger (our neighbors gave us strange looks for a while =)). I was born in Scotland.. only lived there until I was 3, then we moved to the US (my dad was in the Navy). I went back to visit my aunts, uncles and cousins when I was 17... I have never seen a more beautiful place!! It was love at first sight! Can't wait to go back!
• United States
29 Dec 06
I forgot about the pots and pans, that was the part that children liked the most. I agree it is a beautiful country. Tell your Mom I have pot of heather growing here in Georgia. Braw Hogmanay.
@34momma (13896)
• United States
29 Dec 06
i love that tradition. it sounds like alot of fun. in my family we are to bring in the new year together to make sure that we are going to all be together that new year. then after midnite you can go out id you like. but by then most have had more then enough cocktails so they never make it out.
• United States
29 Dec 06
Fun and family what better way to bring in the New Year? Have a Happy New Year.
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
29 Dec 06
that sounds like so much more fun that anything I have ever done on New Years eve. We should all start the tradition again! Here in the US, people just drink too much and party all night.
• United States
29 Dec 06
The Scots did the same and as far as I have seen just about all countries do that. Happy New Year
• United States
29 Dec 06
I think that sounds like a lot of fun. I wish we had traditions like that here. I come from a southern family and the only traditions we have for new Years day is eating black eyed peas for good luck in the new year.
• United States
29 Dec 06
I have had some wonderful New Year celebrations here in the South. They are such warm people. Have a Happy New Year
@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
29 Dec 06
This was also a popular tradition in England when my parents were children, but sadly it ceased to be practised before I was born. My mother often used to talk about having to wait outside until after midnight so that she could knock on the door and bring in these items for good luck. The only difference seems to be that in England they brought bread to ensure food for the coming year, but of course coal was also brought to provide heat. I was not aware that the practice still lived on, although I am pleased that it is because I believe that these old traditions have great value.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
28 Dec 06
I think that's an absolutely fantastic New Year's tradition. I love it and it would probably work in my neighborhood but it's a little late to implement it this year. It would be great to do it like a progressive dinner. Have one course at each house and a New Year's toast at the last house....Seems like the Scots have a lock on New Years. They gave us Auld Lang Syne (spelling?). Maybe we should copy a few of their traditions too. Happy New Year!
• United States
29 Dec 06
You have great addition to the celebrations with your dinner idea. Your spelling is correct Have Braw Hogmanay!
@vipul20044 (5799)
• India
28 Dec 06
Wow that really sounds fun but i plan for a night out and a party with friends i hope it will be real great
• United States
28 Dec 06
Have a great and safe time. Happy New Year