Apropos to January (first month) and the first challenge of the year – let’s talk about
I don’t know about you- but First Foot is (and has been) a thing in my family for years. It’s a New Year’s Eve tradition to bring blessings and fortune (luck) to your home and hearth for the upcoming year. So, it takes a bit of planning and a compliant or willing first-footer, but the process is super simple.
I get a little bag together with some items that are symbolic – bread, salt, whiskey, a coin, a candle and a piece of kindling (even a stick will do).
Each item has a meaning and a purpose: Bread for food being available and prosperous, Salt to celebrate the ups and downs of life and preserve those memories, Whiskey to offer hospitality, a coin that there always be one in a pocket, a candle to provide light in the darkness and the kindling for heat and comfort. All of this I put into a bag and set it aside for the celebration.
Then I clean – declutter mostly – not a deep-spring clean mind, but one to neaten up the space and put things in their proper place. No dishes drying in the sink, coats hung, floors clean and carpets swept. You enter the New Year as you mean to start it – so the holiday clutter is put aside, the daily clutter is put away and you’ll feel more ready for the morning to come.
Now – it’s celebrate the ‘run up to midnight’ as you wish – usually here there are some snacks and a movie. At a minute to midnight I send my ‘first footer’ out the door to wait, after synchronizing the time. Then, precisely at midnight -he knocks 3 times on the door-
The door is answered and the first foot says – A happy New Year and Good Tidings to you and yours -while handing over the bag of goodies. The first footer is invited in and the bag is unpacked – laying each item out on the table. The whiskey is opened – and everyone in the room has a glass with a shot in it – glasses are clinked and toast is made…. There’s your first foot.
Now- a few little bits and bobs – the first footer should be tall and dark- of hair. Redheads are out (it’s a concealment thing carried over from the highlands) as are blondes. We use my brother-in-law each year – he’s usually around for at least this part of the holiday – and it works a treat.
And, this year, in need of more sanity and kindness in the world, I couldn’t think of better.
Then there was my first book read in the New Year. Since I’d already finished all of my review reads for January and into February for 2019, I decided to start a new tradition for me with a first read. One of the many books I’ve purchased, but not yet read – and trust and believe – I have far more of those books than anyone should have on their shelves.
So I decided to go with a Katie Fforde title this year – she’s a British author who writes lovely woman’s fiction – full of laughter, heart and plenty of clever situations. I chose to read Artistic License, it’s been on my shelf for ages so it’s beyond time that I got it read. I’ll have a review for the title up in February for those interested.
And that’s it for me for firsts – I don’t do resolutions, just hope for more and better each year – and that’s more than enough for me. What are your best firsts?