According to Scottish and Northern English folklore, the First-Foot is the first person to walk through the door of your home on New Year’s Day. I became familiar with the concept of the First-Foot through my mother-in-law who, in order to ensure good fortune in the New Year, observes this tradition annually.
Often, the person to be First-Foot is chosen by the householder. It must be a dark-haired male–in our case, my husband– who must arrive bearing the following gifts:
a COIN, so that the household experiences financial security;
BREAD, so that food be in abundance;
SALT, so that life have flavour;
COAL, so that the home be filled with warmth;
DRINK (usually whiskey) so that good cheer abounds.
Each year, my hubby and I plate these gifts (as above), always making one substitution: matches represent the fuel portion. (Santa never leaves us lumps of coal!)
Here’s hoping you all start 2018 on the right foot!
With best wishes for happiness, health, and prosperity throughout the coming year,