December 12 2019 Happy Hogmanay 2019! Only one nation can celebrate the New Year, or Hogmanay with such passion – the Scots! It is the BIGGEST party of the year and WeeBox has everything you need to ‘First Foot’ like a real Scot …… wherever you are in the world! Celebrate, reminisce and Fàilte 2020! Hogmanay is steeped in tradition – celebrated like nowhere else on earth. Its origins are viking – Norse invaders celebrated the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, with wild parties in late December. So, here’s our WeeBox guide to celebrating like a true Scot! Share Hogmanay with your nearest and dearest: it’s all about being with the ones you love and having a party to end all parties. ‘Redding’ the House: Have a good clean out to ready the house for the New Year! In days gone by, sweeping out the fireplace was very important and there was a skill in reading the ashes, the way some people read tea leaves. First footing: it is considered a great honour to be the ‘first foot’! This is where the first person to enter the house after midnight – ideally a tall, dark man – brings gifts such as a black bun, whisky and coal. First footing is supposed to affect the household’s fortunes for the coming year, so make sure you have a tall, dark pal to hand! It’s also a great excuse to get round to your neighbours and Fàilte 2020!Singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’: accompanied by the linking of arms and singing with great gusto! Be prepared, even for the second verse (which most people realise they don’t know!) with the words below: Auld Lang Syne First verse: Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne? Chorus: For auld lang syne, my jo, for auld lang syne, we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne. Second verse: And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup! and surely I’ll be mine! And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne. Chorus Third verse: We twa hae run about the braes, and pou’d the gowans fine; But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit, sin’ auld lang syne. Chorus Fourth verse: We twa hae paidl’d in the burn, frae morning sun till dine; But seas between us braid hae roar’d sin’ auld lang syne. Chorus Fifth verse: And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere! and gie’s a hand o’ thine! And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught, for auld lang syne. And, finally eat, drink and be merry this Hogmanay … lang may yer lum reek! Slàinte mhath WeeBox Clan and Fàilte 2020!