First footing


Why bother with a lump of dirty coal as the traditional first footing offering at Hogmanay (New Year) when Tesco can supply you with chocolate?

Coal or chocolate, a Happy New Year to all! I'm just back from an internet-less 2 weeks in the north, where the snow has been piling up, and I've discovered how difficult it is to take photos of all that white stuff.

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  1. LOL....Ive never seen Hogmanay chocolate coal before. We do have chocolate coal for your stockings here, same thing I reckon. Hope you are doing well. Have missed you on here.

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  2. That is quite the fun tradition! & chocolate always sounds good to me.
    Happy New Year.

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  3. I wouldn't take chocolate coal on a first footing, I would eat it because I love chocolate even if it does look like coal. Hope you had a good holiday in the snow.

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  4. Welcome back. I think I would just eat the chocolate and stay stay inside.

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  5. Customs practiced throughout the world interest me. One of the reasons that we hosted exchange students was to share each others' customs and culture. Interesting that a lump of coal figures in a Scottish New Year tradition. Here in the U.S, if a child misbehaves during the year, he may find a lump of coal in his Christmas stocking.

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  6. Welcome back, and Happy New Year to you, too! Looking forward to seeing your snow photos. =)

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  7. That's rather fun.
    I love the tradition of 'First Footing'. Wish we had it here.

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  8. It is quite the challenge to take interesting pictures of snow, which is why I reverted to icicles for awhile. And, chocolate coal any day, if it's good chocolate.

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  9. Chocolate in any form is always a great way to welcom the New Year!!! Welcome back from the Northern cold!!!

    As a neophyte to your blog, and a daft American, what is Hogmanay?

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  10. Happy New year with chocolate !
    Waiting for your snow shots ;)

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  11. What will the evil empire be up to next? A' the best.

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  12. Hi Linda.

    Happy New Year to you.
    We have got a lot of snow here in Sweden an very cold too.
    I like chocolate.

    Have a nice week

    Gunilla

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  13. A very happy belated New Year!

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  14. Chocolate in any form is enticing. A very happy belated New Year greeting to you all the way from India.

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  15. No idea about the footing but chocolate coal sounds like a funny idea. There is flames, is it hot and spicy?

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