Winter Blogfest: The History of Hogmanay by Kayden Clairmont

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The History of Hogmanay
A few years ago I went to a pioneer village to see Christmas traditions. My family came here in 1824 from Europe and my husband’s family arrived from Scotland in 1837. I could just imagine our ancestors celebrating the Christmas season in long skirts, baking and cooking over the fire in the fireplace. I fell in love with the Hogmanay demonstration.

It surprised me that Christmas wasn’t celebrated in Scotland for 400 years. The reason was the Protestant Reformation, when it was proclaimed that Christmas was a Catholic feast and was banned. For the next 400 years Scots worked over Christmas and celebrated their winter solstice holiday at New Year when families and friends would get together and exchange presents and party. This was named Hogmanay.

They explained the traditions and superstitions of Hogmanay. Several things had to be done before midnight on December 31. First the house must be cleaned, the fire ashes had to be taken outside, and all things borrowed must be returned. The reason was to clear out the remains of the old year and make welcome the New Year.

Immediately after midnight it is tradition to sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ published by Robert Burns.

The first footing in the house after midnight also brought good luck for the New Year. The person should be male and brought gifts of coal, shortbread, salt or black bun and is offered a small whisky in return. The luckiest person was a tall, dark and handsome man. The unluckiest is a red headed woman.

After explaining the first footing to us, we swept the floor, counted down New Year’s and sang. Then the door opened and a dark haired man walked in. The idea for Timeless Passion was born.

TimelessPassion_w9565_300Museum director Tasha Banner needs a miracle. Without a great deal of luck and even more money, the pioneer museum will close. But when they demonstrate Hogmanay, a Scottish New Year’s tradition, a tall, dark, and yummy stranger walks through the door. Have the faeries sent her a miracle wrapped around the man of her dreams or will altering time bring disaster to them all?

Blacksmith Dougal MacBride walks into his home after a long day and finds strangers celebrating Hogmanay when it’s just days before Christmas. Confused beyond belief and incredibly aroused by the curvaceous bundle in front of his hearth, he is torn between the need to return to his time or remain in the present with the woman who may be his soul mate.

About the Author: Kayden loves sexy, well-crafted stories of lust and love. Her sensuous style drives the characters in lustful romps. When she is not crafting erotic romantic stories, she can be found crocheting or making jewelry.
Kayden is a member of Romance Writers of America, Toronto Romance Writers, and Writing Community of Durham Region.

She hopes you enjoy her other books, Hell’s Bounty, Timeless Passion, and her soon to be released Red Hot all published by The Wild Rose Press.

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  1. Salisa Waheed says:

    Learned something new… One of the reasons I love reading. You learn something new.

  2. Ooh very interesting.

  3. The history, traditions, and superstitions of Hogmanay are very interesting.

  4. That was very interesting, always enjoy learning something new about traditions

  5. As a fellow ‘Scotsman” I especially enjoyed reading your post! I never knew any of this and look forward to sharing it with my family at Christmas!
    The book sounds great!

  6. kim amundsen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  7. Kayden, I admire authors who understand the background of the book he or she is writing and also do the research. Your information about Hogmanay is so valuable to me personally. My dad from Sioux City, Iowa started the Heather Highlanders, a band where he was the star bagpiper. Our New Years was a Happy Hogmanay! I bought your book, Timeless Passion. I love supporting a fellow Scottish writer. Merry Christmas and Happy Hogmanay!

  8. That’s really interesting. Celebrating Christmas does seem a little un-Scottish with all the indulgence and overspending. Thanks for the insight.

  9. Very interesting post. I enjoyed reading about The History of Hogmanay.

  10. Fascinating about Hogmanay. I never knew this. I loved the excerpt..

  11. Thanks for your fascinating post on Hogmanay, which is new to me. Red haired people were certainly not popular in past times.

  12. interesting holiday info

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  13. Thanks for the explanation. I had heard/read the word Hogmanay and knew it had something to do with Christmas time, bt wasn’t sure exactly how/what.

    • Hi Anne, I’m glad you enjoyed the blog. I had heard about it, but hadn’t understood it until I went to the demonstration in the pioneer village. It was wonderful to share with my family.

  14. Are there any warnings about what might happen to someone who doesn’t return borrowed items, clean their house, or sweep out the ashes before the new year begins?

    It’s such an interesting tradition!

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