First Footing and its connection with Shortbread
Hogmanay (New Years’ Eve) is celebrated all over Scotland with music, dancing and merry-making. Once the bells have struck for New Years’ Day, it is still common for Scottish people to “first foot” family, friends & neighbours. First footing involves visiting on foot, and offering a gift to the householder as you step inside. The gift symbolises bringing prosperity, comfort and joy to the household, with shortbread being the traditional choice.