Who will be the first person to cross your threshold (virtual or not) in 2021?
Happy Hogmanay! In Scotland, the Isle of Man, and parts of Northern England, Hogmanay is the traditional New Year’s celebration, and has roots in both Viking and pre-Christian winter holidays. One of the most important parts of a proper Hogmanay celebration is called ‘first-footing’ - the first person to cross your threshold after midnight will determine your luck for the coming year! Traditionally, a tall, dark-haired man would bring the best luck - especially if he brought along the right symbolic gifts. Black buns and coal, for instance, would ensure your house would have food and warmth! In many towns, any tall, dark-haired men act as the ‘first foot’ for their whole block or street, getting to enjoy a warm drink at each house in exchange for the luck they bring. This year, why not practice a virtual first-footing, and call or chat with someone to bring you luck?
While 2020 was a year full of unique challenges, we count ourselves lucky to have such a vibrant and dedicated community of visitors, volunteers, and followers, and we look forward to the day when we can have the first guests cross Pennsbury’s threshold in 2021!