Saturday, April 4, 2015

Scottish First-Footer

Scottish First-Footer
Designer:  Martha Schmidt
Series:  World of Santas #9 of 13
Needle Maid Designs chartpack #NMC-50, c1997
Stitch count:  127w x 170h

Description:  In the 17th century the Puritans banned religious celebrations.  New Year's Eve and New Years Day  are times of "Auld Lang Syne", family traditions, and community festivities.  One tradition is "first footing."  If a tall, dark haired man, preferably a bachelor, is the first person to cross your threshold on New Year's Day, bringing with him coal (warmth), bread (food), money in his sporran or purse (wealth), and a twig of evergreen (continuing life), you will be blessed with good fortune for the rest of the year.  As a ritual to ensure true luck, he enters the house without speaking and goes to the hearth to stir the fire before greeting everyone.

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