In Scotland, many people wish each other, “Happy New Year, when it comes” in the last days of the calendar year. I was once told that adding “when it comes” is very important because it’s considered bad luck to wish someone a Happy New Year before the new year has actually arrived.
So I wish you a Happy Hogmanay, which is today, and I hope that 2016 brings you many blessings. Thank you so much for your comments and your friendship. I hope the next turn in the road brings us all good things!
“And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year
‘Give me a light so that I may tread safely into the unknown.’
And he replied,
‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God.
That shall be to you better than a light and safer than a known way.”
These lines are from a poem by Minnie Louise Haskins, which was made famous when King George VI quoted it in his 1939 Christmas address to the British Empire. My neighbour Mary Morrison often quoted them to me.
Bliadhna Mhath Ur, ‘nuair a thig i!