I remember going to the practices of the Cleveland Kiltie Band in the 60s and 70s. Watching them practice their tunes and march up and down the room. And, of course, we went to many parades and watched them march. In this photo, taken during an indoor performance, Dad is in the last row on the right:
If you want to celebrate a Scottish Hogmanay, you must clean your house on December 31. This is called "Redding the House." Also, all of your bills should be paid before midnight. And then the party begins. The new year is rung in with whisky (Scotch, of course), food, music and fireworks.
At midnight, you join people all over the world singing "Auld Lang Syne". When you sing it this year, remember that it was written by Robert Burns, the Scottish National Poet.
In this next picture, Dad is in the middle. Mr. Callander, a close family friend and the pipe major of the Cleveland Kiltie Band, is on the left:
On the other hand, if your first visitor is blond, you will be doomed to a year filled with trouble. This belief is probably the result of the long history of invasions by the Vikings, when a blond at your door often offered you the sharp edge of a sword rather than a piece of shortbread.
Here I am with Mr. Callander, 1964 or so:
And we'll sing "Auld Lang Syne," of course. Happy New Year to you all!