Well somehow it is New Years eve already. With all the excitement of Christmas still fresh in my mind we are having a fairly low key evening in with friends, champagne and a curry takeaway (England does Indian food like we do Chinese…cheap, cheerful, available by delivery and open every day of the year). I am going all out for my guests eh! If I get home early enough I might take the food out of the containers and pour them into real glass bowls but we’ll have to see. I heard there are some pretty neat fireworks near Big Ben and the London Eye tonight – as luck would have it, we can see the eye from our spare room window so I might set up a few chairs so we can watch the festivities from the warmth of our flat….the excitement doesn’t end does it!
I did do a bit of googling to see if there were any UK New Years traditions I should know about and found one that was too good to not blog about…I am not sure it’s actually true, but I loved it..
The custom of “first-footing” is important. To ensure good luck for the inhabitants of a house, the first person to enter on New Year’s Day should be male, young, healthy and good-looking. He should preferably be dark-haired and carrying a small piece of coal, money, bread and salt. These things symbolize wealth. Women and those people with blonde or red hair are considered unlucky “first-footers.”
Oooh I can hardly wait…how can I sleep tonight knowing a hot male carrying carbs and money will be coming by tomorrow morning!!! I love England!
So far there isn’t much on the 2009 calendar but I plan to continue to collect and regurgitate useless information via my blog and bumble along as usual….on that note I am going to head home to prepare the dishes for dinner. Wishing y’all a happy and healthy 2009…