Posted by: christinelaennec | December 31, 2015

Happy Hogmanay!

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.

A road around the edge of Mugdock Country Park in Milngavie, near Glasgow. 31 December 2015.

A road around the edge of Mugdock Country Park in Milngavie, near Glasgow. 31 December 2015.

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!




  1. And a very Happy Hogmanay to you, and your family, Christine! xxxxx

  2. Happy Hogmanay Christine! I hope we see each other at the yarn festival again.

  3. Happy New Year, when it comes Christine.
    I read the poem also today on someelse blog and I realy loved it. I never heard it, but it is very beautiful,

  4. A very Happy Hogmanay to you and yours! ♥

  5. Wishing you all the very best for the new year. May you and your family have health, peace and joy.

  6. Happy Hogmanay to you and yours, Christine 🙂 [I would love to hear you say “Happy Hogmanay” since I suspect my way of saying it leaves much to be desired!] xx

  7. I often learn interesting facts from your blog, Christine. I didn’t realise that it was particularly Scottish or thought to be bad luck not to add ‘when it comes’ but I know that I say it myself and notice other people saying it to me. Now that it’s here – a very happy new year to you and the family, and many good things to come in 2016. That looks a lovely walk in Mugdock Country Park, Glasgow is so well off for such places.

  8. It is after 2:00am here on January 1 so I think it’s safe to wish you a very Happy New Year. I wish all the blessings for this 2016 for you and your dear family. Pat 🙂

  9. Happy New Year to you!!!!!! What a beautiful, beautiful quote. I think I need to copy that out and post it up somewhere. And, if you don’t mind, perhaps I could use it for Monday’s are for Grace….

  10. Oh what wonderful information in this post. I may have to look up that poem and use it in my message on Sunday, how delightful to read your posts. I am especially thankful that blogging has brought me to know you. I so enjoy your posts, and for you and your family may God’s blessings be with you all of 2016 and beyond. Happy New Year to you and yours, Christine!!

  11. We seem to be on a similar track…with lines from a poem ringing in the New Year! Hope it’s a good one for you :)) xx

  12. Wishing you all the very best in 2016, God Bless, Tom x

  13. Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy new year. x

  14. Dear All,
    Thank you very much for your good wishes. Happy New Year to you!

    I’m now wondering if there is an “a” before “light” in the poem I’ve quoted. My neighbour Mary certainly said, “better than A light” but I’ve now seen other versions that are “better than light”… an interesting subtle distinction!

  15. A belated Happy Hogmanay to you, and I hope 2016 brings you much love and happiness!

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