Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you!

And Happy Hogmanay to those of you who celebrate it! I had never heard of Hogmanay before I read Diana Gabaldon's books.

Here's an article I found about Hogmanay Traditions in Scotland. It's probably just as well that I don't live in Scotland. Redheads being very bad luck for the first-footing and all that. <g>

From what I can tell, the Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh are an even bigger deal than New Year's Eve in New York's Times Square!

By comparison, the New Year's celebrations where I live are pretty low-key. I live in Raleigh, NC, where they drop a giant acorn every year -- no, I'm not kidding! -- in honor of Raleigh's reputation as the "City of Oaks". Kind of a silly tradition, but it makes me laugh.

And finally....there are lots of renditions of "Auld Lang Syne" out there, but I love both the pictures and the music in this one. (You'll want to watch it with annotations turned off! Click on the caption button at the bottom of the YouTube player to get rid of the annoying pop-up messages.)

Wishing all of you the best in 2011!


jayne m. said...

Gosh Karen: that was so lovely; breathtaking, really!! Thanks so much for that and all of your thoughtful blogs throughout the year. Jayne M.

Karen Henry said...


You're welcome! I'm really glad you've been enjoying my blog. Happy New Year!


Elisabeth said...

Beautiful post!
Have a lovely New Year too.
Greetings from France,


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