First Footing

Started by: TerryW (6276)

The first-footer must be out of the house before the clock strikes midnight, then cross the threshold to welcome in the new year, bearing gifts. Traditional items for the first-footer to carry include pieces of coal, a coin, salt, bread, and a ‘wee dram’ of whiskey.

Does anyone still do this here, they still do in Jockland and I used to to it when little, out the back door with me lump of coal and in the front door to let the new year in.

Started: 30th Dec 2020 at 15:05

Posted by: tomplum (7278) 

I open the front curtains to watch all the daft buggers setting light to their money, Its the modern way,

Replied: 30th Dec 2020 at 15:21

Posted by: PeterP (8432)

We have an electric fire with real coal effect,so can just pick a lump of coal straight off the fire

Replied: 30th Dec 2020 at 15:32

Posted by: linma (2652)

You should leave the house by the back door to let out the old year then enter by the front door to let in the new year.

Replied: 30th Dec 2020 at 15:43

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

Well whatever you do stay safe and warm and I shall wish you all a Happy New Year and all the best for 2021,Just in case I don't get the chance.

Replied: 30th Dec 2020 at 15:45

Posted by: firefox (3239)

When I was in Edinburgh, folk knocked on doors usually with a glass of whisky on the stroke of Yules.

Replied: 30th Dec 2020 at 16:36

Posted by: peebee (540) 

Always done it, from being a child in Owfen right up to when we lived in Australia.

Replied: 30th Dec 2020 at 18:05


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