Growing up in Scotland, Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) was perhaps the most important night of the year. After the house was cleaned from top to bottom, Dad set up the drinks trolley ready for the first footers. As the last hour of the old year ticked away, we’d have BBC Scotland (Andy Stewart or Kenneth McKellar’s Hogmanay show) playing on TV. Just before the ‘bells’, Dad would charge our glasses as we waited for the countdown.
Even then I found there was something melancholy about the passing of the old year. I greeted – and continue to greet – the New Year with excitement, but there’s still that sense that something magical has passed. But as that happens every Hogmanay, I now understand it means that every year – good or bad – brings its own magic.
Wishing you and your family health, happiness and magic in 2014.
Happy New Year!