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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

First footing the New Year

I hope you all survived the holidays.
It was a wild time here in the "MooseStash", as you can see...
My youngest is sporting his new glasses, that he won from the
 "Plastic Wrap Game"on Christmas Eve.
I'd never heard of it until it showed up in my Facebook feed, but I have to tell you,
we haven't laughed that hard in years. I put a little spin on it, by adding 
those chocolate gold coins with numbers on them.
Once our ball was unwrapped,
 we had a white elephant drawing using those numbers.
It was so much fun, that the request has been made to do it again next year.
Everyone has an entire year to look for silly "white elephants".
I shudder to think what they will find!
New Years is a big holiday for my husbands side of the family.
My mother in law taught we how to roll sushi before she passed away,
 so every new years I bring the sushi to the big family get together.
 I'm thrilled to say my daughter in law is becoming a darn good sushi maker herself.
I see me passing that touch over to her before she knows it!
And of course with the start of the New Year...
I posted my very first of 365 Silly Holiday blocks!
Have you ever heard of it?
Well, I sure hadn't and I'm a bit surprised in my findings...
Just and FYI... my little thoughts on things are in italics!

Scottish and Northern English folklore tells us the "first-foot"
 is the first person to enter the home on New Years' Day
 and is seen as a bringer of good fortune for the coming year.
While it may be acceptable for the first-footer 
to be a resident of the house...they must not be in the house 
at the stroke of midnight in order to be the first footer. 
Going out of the house after midnight and coming back in 
is not considered first footing.
***What they are really saying is that's cheating! LOL!!***
Oh but wait... there are more "rules"...
It's said to be desirable for the first foot to be a tall, dark haired male.
A female or fair haired male are regarded as unlucky in some places.
In Sweden, having a fair skinned blond first foot is considered the highest 
blessing, and darker persons are considered bad luck.
**(Talk about your bias's...I see a lawsuit in the making today)**
Many customs of First Footing are bringing coal, whiskey, a silver coin,
bread, salt, or evergreen. Knocking on doors and singing "Auld Lang Syne"
 to pass from the old to the new year
**(Today they would think you were drunk and likely call the police)**
for which fuel was gathered and food collected 
by reciting verses door to door, and a ritual 
fire lit to welcome crossing the threshold to the next world.
**(OK. now your door to door panhandling and setting fires?)**
But this last one really got me...
The Greek tradition likes to select the person, and after the first foot, 
the lady of the house serves the guests!
**(Oh, goodie goodie, I get to do it all!)**

Don't believe me...read it for yourself right 
The world's been crazy long before us!
Thankfully not every day is that controversial.
Jan 3rd was National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day...
What's not to love about that?

We are going to celebrate every silly day no matter how crazy it sounds.
You can see them daily on my Instagram and Facebook page.
(links on my right hand side bar)

Have a very "Happy"  SILLY New Year!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'


  1. I love the glasses, and how diabolical, um I mean sweet of you to teach the DIL how to make sushi. I love the first footer. It was either my daughter or her boyfriend in to feed The Bobbin and Lucy the cat while I was at work.

  2. I love your 'silly' post - so much to smile over. Happy 2020!

  3. So much fun! Those glasses are great and love the coin addition to the Saran Wrap game. You sure know how to have fun!

  4. Fun, fun, fun!! I love silly!! I especially love those reindeer glasses! I need to know where you found those! And I need to look up that game!! Happy New Year, Joan! Looking forward to a year of silly! LOL

  5. The next Christmas I'm home, I want to do the Saran Wrap game!! Looks like a blast and gets everyone involved!! Do you add the oven mitts to open the ball with or do you allow bare hands? Love your First Foot!!

  6. Happy New year! It's been ages since I've made sushi. Have you tried this sushi plunger plastic thing, it works really well!

  7. Now that was interesting about the first foot...both blocks.

  8. You really are going to keep us on our toes this year!
    Tell us about the plastic wrap game. I don't know of it.
    And I am loving the daily silly days on FB. Are you going to post them all over here as well - on a weekly post or something?
    Happy Silly New Year to you, too.


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