January Jottings

28 Dec 21

A New Year 

During my early years the New Year did not have an impact on me.  I was tucked up in bed well before midnight.  As I grew older I remember my mum opening the back door to “Let the old year out and the new year in.”  Sometimes we lived close enough to the village church to hear the bells ringing in the New Year.  Then it was straight to bed as my dad would be up early to milk the cows. 

Once we had a television and I was well into my teenage years we would stay up to watch the programme from Scotland “The White Heather Club” and welcome the New Year with a glass of sherry. 

It wasn’t until my sister married a Glaswegian and I joined a Hogmanay celebration with his family that I appreciated the importance of this time of year in Scotland.  The wider family and long term friends gathered at his grandmother’s home.  She had a strict rule that no alcohol was to be drunk under her roof until after midnight.  The first footer (often my brother in law who qualified for the role with his dark hair, piece of coal or peat and a bottle of whisky under his arm) would be welcomed in and the party begin.  I remember the mix of ages, even little children would stay up until they finally fell asleep and were put to bed temporarily until they were taken home in the early morning.  Everyone had a party piece to contribute – a song, a musical offering, a rhyme or a story.  I remember having to give in and retire to bed at about two in the morning but the celebrations continued for most of the night. 

The gathering of family and friends brought a feeling of community and mutual support to benefit from in the year ahead.  As the Corona virus pandemic continues we will need to continue to strengthen the spirit of neighbourliness and community that emerged at the start of Covid -19.  Although there may be difficulties ahead, we can have hope in the vaccines and tablets that are being developed and the greater understanding scientists have of the virus and its variants.  Meanwhile we can continue to trust in God through the joys and tribulations that we may face this year.

D.K.

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