In Wales and Scotland there is a tradition called 'First Footing'. What might you ask is this first footing?
First-Footing is the visiting of friends and family immediately after midnight and sees many a Scott rushing from house to house to welcome in the New Year. The First-Foot in the house traditionally is a dark, handsome male carrying a piece of coal, whisky, Scottish shortbread and black bun - a rich dark fruitcake encased in pastry. The visitor in return is given a small glass of whisky.
Another important Welsh tradition in the Victorian Age was to never lend anything on New Year's Day. A person's behaviour on that auspicious day was usually considered to be an indication of the way they would conduct themselves for the rest of the year.
So as we sing 'Auld Lang Syne', let's remember family and friends afar always close to our heart!
From our house to yours,
May all your Holiday wishes come true...