Scottish Winter Festivals – Hogmanay!

Only one nation can celebrate New Year, or Hogmanay with such passion – the Scots! Hogmanay celebrations are legendary across the globe and WeeBox has everything you need to ‘first foot’ like a real Scot …… wherever you are in the world!   

So, what is ‘first footing’? Superstition dating back to Viking days has it, that whoever comes through yer door first on Hogmanay can bring good or bad luck.  A tall, dark haired man is very good luck .. but a big, blonde Viking stranger arriving on yer doorstep spelled trouble! ‘First footing’ is still common in Scotland, so have a wee read below to see how its done!

WeeBox wishes you and yer kin a Happy Hogmanay and “lang may yer lum reek!”

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Imagine cookin’ up yer winter feasts in this unashamedly, tartan kilt apron! Braw fun, this luxury apron is perfect for your Scottish Winter Festivals and celebrating Hogmanay.

‘First footing’, or visiting after midnight, is still common in Scotland.  So set off on Hogmanay and bring your host the traditional Scottish gifts of a bag o’coal (to warm your host’s fire) and Dalgetty Scotch Black Bun (to toast good food all year).

The Hogmanay bells have struck midnight, so join in the legendary Scottish sing-a-long of ‘Auld Lang Syne’.  

Auld Lang Syne is a song which thrilled the soul of Robert Burns in the 1780s, and today has become an anthem sung the world over at New Year, evoking a sense of belonging and fellowship, tinged with nostalgia. In 1788 the Robert Burns sent the poem ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to the Scots Musical Museum, indicating that it was an ancient song but that he’d been the first to record it on paper. The phrase ‘auld lang syne’ roughly translates as ‘for old times’ sake’, and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.  Enjoy yer exclusively designed picture by Brave Scottish Gifts, and remember to gie it laldie! 

No Hogmanay is compete without a wee dram! In days gone by, whisky makers believed angels came down and took a small amount of whisky from the casks before bottling, romantically called “The Angels’ Share”. We are proud to bring you a little piece of this magic.  Lovingly crafted by hand, this is the ‘whisky dropper’ used across Scotland to add just the right amount of water to your wee dram! Perfect for your Scottish Winter Festivities ahead – Slàinte WeeBox Clan!