And a Happy New Year to you! We always take time tonight to pray for God's blessing for the coming year and thank Him for His grace through the ending year.
In England and other areas of the UK, especially in Scotland where Hogmanay is celebrated as the New Year's tradition, First Footing plays an important part. The First Footer refers to the first person who crosses the threshhold after midnight and "seals yer fate" for the coming year. The First Footer should be a tall, dark and handsome man with a "dainty foot". Until the First Footer came in the front door after midnight, no one should enter or leave. The First Footer would knock, be asked to enter and do so with gifts in his pockets which have regional variations. :
The usual in my family's tradition was bread or sometimes salt, coal, coins and matches. In Scotland the bread is shortbread and also included...what else? Whiskey! The First Footer then backs out of the door...so he won't take his good luck with him. Then the door (and the party) is free for all!
The coal means your hearth won't grow cold, your bread is enough food, the coins insure prosperity and the matches, light.
First Footers who met the criteria, were in great demand and could make good money going from house to house by appointment.
So who will be first through your door??? I know who will be first in our home, as He will never have left!
A Happy New Year to you all and may 2012 be a year of health, prosperity, peace and happiness in our home and in yours!