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Gonna start 2014 right

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

There is an old Welsh new year tradition called First Footing. It calls for the first person to enter your home in the new year to be a dark-haired man, to whom you immediately offer a drink. It is supposed to ensure good luck for the coming year.

I have been First Footing the house every year for a decade. What I do, immediately after midnight, is to collar a dark-haired guest and send him out the back door of the house. He walks around to the front door, knocks, and I let him in, drink to offer in hand, while the rest of the guests laugh and cheer.

Except last year. Right after midnight on Jan. 1, 2013, a female couple arrived and entered the house before I could get my dark-haired man out the back door.

"Oh, well," I thought. "It's just a silly superstition. It doesn't really mean anything."

And then, we had 2013. A year filled with health crises and deaths. It was terrible.

So tonight, you can be certain that I will have a dark-haired guest's shirt clutched in my grasp as we count down the last 10 seconds. He will be *flung* out that back door, and greeted with great gusto when he reaches the front.

Between that and burning 2013 in effigy, I'm hoping to bring in a much better year!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NANHBH 1/1/2014 5:30PM

How did it go? Did you find your dark-haired man to "fling" out the back door?

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STRONGDAWG 1/1/2014 4:23PM

    I have a couple of Spark Friends who have had "A Year." I pray that your dark haired man came through at midnight.

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SOKKERNUT 1/1/2014 12:49PM

    Very cool tradition. Hope you got your man! emoticon

Happy New Year!

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NATPLUMMER 1/1/2014 9:14AM


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    I hope it works

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TATTER3 12/31/2013 3:37PM

    My dark haired men are all gray luck here!

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HAPPYMENOW58 12/31/2013 12:51PM

    Best wishes for the new Year! And thanks for sharing!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 12/31/2013 12:40PM

    May this year be better for you! I know I wish it to be for all of us!

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ALICIA214 12/31/2013 12:22PM


The First Footing I am familiar with is the first person to cross your threshold at
midnight carries some salt and a piece of coal...

Happy New Year...

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BATCHICK 12/31/2013 11:59AM

    2013 was rough for me and mine as well, i'm glad for a fresh start!

wishing you a happy new year!

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