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Old 12-02-2004, 09:19 AM   #11
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Ishbel, I'd love to learn more about Hogmany. Can you provide me a link or any info? Thanks!
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Old 12-02-2004, 09:46 AM   #12
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Hogmanay is the Scots name for New Year's Eve.

It is much, much more important to the Scots than Christmas, which is seen as a purely religious/children's day - although it has become much more Anglicised nowadays and seems to be going more towards the English style Christmas, with too much commercialism for my tastes!

Preparations start weeks before Hogmanay. Houses are given a 'deep clean' and rooms are re-decorated in time to greet the new year!

Any arguments or family rifts are expected to 'try' to be healed.

Edinburgh hosts what it calls the biggest street party in the world - here's the website.
http://www.edinburghshogmanay.org/

There are lots of traditions, like First Footing people, waiting to hear 'the Bells' which signal new year..... eating and drinking far too much, with traditional dishes like Steak pie, Black Bun, shortbread etc...

Here's a bit more info
http://www.visitscotland.com/library/hogmanaytraditions
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Old 12-05-2004, 04:51 PM   #13
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Haven't EVEN begun to think much about it yet, but I know pecan pies are in my future. I have four pounds of butter in the freezer, several packages of cream cheese (that may have to be sacrificed to marmalady's recipe for boursin), and numerous cans of evaporated and sweetened condensed milk awaiting their orders. Plus Ghiardelli baking chocolate bars, crystallized ginger, and sprinkles galore. Also have 3 pounds of almonds in the freezer.

I'm saving doing the rosemary-infused olive oil for the neighbors until the very last minute (jennyema has scared me about the botulism thing).

So many possibilities, and fortunately, still enough time to do something.

However, I have only one more present to get and the rest are already wrapped. Neener, neener.
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