Christmas & New Year Traditions

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Christmas & New Year Traditions

Postby Alex Glass » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:06 pm

Do you have any traditions that your follow?

You know the ones like buying someone new pyjamas. Only putting up your Christmas decorations 12 days before and taking them down 12 days after Christmas.

Cleaning the house on Hogmanay. Putting your money out on the window ledge.

What tradition do you follow?
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Postby james73 » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:09 pm

I never decapitate other immortals on holy ground - it's tradition... ::):



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Postby tobester » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:12 pm

I try not to speak to people weirder than me
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Postby Josef » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:17 pm

tobester wrote:I try not to speak to people weirder than me


Weren't you at the HG Xmas night out :? ?

In my rural-ish shire youth, everyone used to do the cleaning the house thing. Back doors would be opened at 11:55 to sweep out the stoor of the old year.

The only thing I always do is buy Black Bun. I sometimes go first-footing in the neighbourhood, at intervals depending on how long I reckon the neighbours will have taken to forget the previous occasion :wink: .
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Postby tobester » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:32 pm

I was Josef

But i talked out of kindness ::): ::): ::):







Well thats me banned from all nights out and any future tours

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Postby HollowHorn » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:39 pm

Someone always has to go outside my house a few mins before the Bells, so that they can "First Foot" with a bit of bread, some fake coal & a wee drink. I guess it goes back to when my Grandfather used to take me (as a child) out walking half an hour or so before the bells, he would have a half bottle with him, & everyone we met would get a wee heart warmer *.
If it happened that anyone recieving said succor, could, upon asking, sing, then they were invited in to join the party.



* In those bygone days of black & white, it used to be cold at New Year :wink:
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Postby Josef » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:43 pm

HollowHorn wrote:Someone always has to go outside my house a few mins before the Bells, so that they can "First Foot" with a bit of bread, some fake coal & a wee drink.


Still, since the first-footer traditionally has to be tall, dark and handsome to bring good luck to the household for the following year, at least you'll be spared the risk of pneumonia, HH :wink: .

And bread? Black bun, shurely.
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Postby tobester » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:44 pm

HollowHorn wrote:Someone always has to go outside my house a few mins before the Bells, so that they can "First Foot" with a bit of bread, some fake coal & a wee drink. I guess it goes back to when my Grandfather used to take me (as a child) out walking half an hour or so before the bells, he would have a half bottle with him, & everyone we met would get a wee heart warmer *.
If it happened that anyone recieving said succor, could, upon asking, sing, then they were invited in to join the party.



* In those bygone days of black & white, it used to be cold at New Year :wink:


My mum and dad did summit similar in the 70s and 80s.

At the bells my dad would first foot 13c, then we would go in about 5mins later. We'd stay for about half an hour then go up to visit 17c, used to have a great time there, theyd have juice, crisps nuts and sandwiches. used to stay there till 3 am then off to bed, the next morning we'd go to first foot 6b, 15c and in the 70s 13b and 13e.

Not the same now he stays up for the bells i phone him then he goes off to bed, but still goes up to 17c in the morning.

I usually do nowt unless theres a party on......anyone having a party this year?

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Postby HollowHorn » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:47 pm

Tobester, got it in one. :cry: Josef, away an wrassle yir chanty :twisted:
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Postby crusty_bint » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:49 pm

My families tradition was for my maw and da to get pished, have an argument, send me and my wee bro to bed with a bowl of peanuts each while the other older three fucked off out ::):
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Postby Smartalex » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:53 pm

I won't let a red-head be my first foot, an old tradition supposedly from my grandad. :?
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Postby Josef » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:57 pm

Smartalex wrote:I won't let a red-head be my first foot, an old tradition supposedly from my grandad. :?


Redheads used to be more or less banned from leaving the house after 11 p.m. in case they were first back in after 12.

Extremely bad luck :) .
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Postby HollowHorn » Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:59 pm

crusty_bint wrote:My families tradition was for my maw and da to get pished, have an argument, send me and my wee bro to bed with a bowl of peanuts each while the other older three fucked off out ::):
...happy days!

A full bowl? Ya lucky baistirt :twisted: Ma maw used to tie a pork chop roon ma neck so that the dugs in the street wid play wi me, she used tae send me tae play oan the beach.......during the war 8O
Oor faimly wur so poor, we only hud wan rickit betwen 6 o' us :oops:
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Postby crusty_bint » Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:00 pm

::): I didnt know you were from the east end too HH! ::):
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Postby Alex Glass » Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:40 pm

Thanks everyone. Nice to hear some of the old traditions. We still do a lot of this stuff.

Do you still have turkey for Christmas Dinner? Christmas Pudding?

If not what is your favourite dinner?

Do you have steak pie on the 1st January?
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