Hogmanay and first footing

They had to enter the house through the front door.

Hogmanay and first footing

Re: Hogmanay

My late father, Chuck Stewart, was a “First Footer”. We were told the person had to be dark haired, had to be the first person to visit on New Year’s Day to bring good luck to that household for the coming year.

They had to enter the house through the front door. Not something normally done, front door was not used on a daily basis. Lumps of real coal were exchanged before the drink was supplied.

One friend said he had the best years, when Dad was a first footer. We called it first footing.

Barbara L. Liske

Lake Cowichan

Cowichan Valley Citizen

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