Family Traditions

Two of our family traditions...if you can call them that........are Christmas linked:

but then I suppose that is the most usual time for families to get together.

In our family we eat cheese with our Christmas cake...

I believe this is a Yorkshire habit!........

We are a cheddar family, but I think it depends on your preference.

My husband has been converted to the ways of the 'Sandersons'

but my brothers girlfriend still thinks us rather batty!

Click here for our Christmas Cake Recipe.

This is definitely a Tradition... for .......New Year

This has been practised in our family for generations...we do not know when it began, it came through Grandad...(William Arthur Sanderson)...but we do not know whether he inherited it from his father...Vincent Sanderson....from Stannington; or mother, Nora Thompson...from Walkley.

If anybody else celebrates in this way ...especially using this poem.,...I would really love to know.

I realise that seeing in the New Year is a Scottish tradition, so I am interested to know why our family celebrate in this way!

 


The oldest darkest male is chosen.....

Just before midnight, he leaves the house by the back door.

At midnight he stands outside the front door and recites this poem:

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY NEW YEAR,

PLENTY OF MONEY,AND A CELLAR FULL OF BEER.

A HORSE AND A GIG,AND A BIG FAT PIG,

TO LAST YOU ALL NEXT YEAR.

MINCE PIES HOT, MINCE PIES COLD,

BAKED IN A DISH, 3 DAYS OLD.

I COME TO YOUR HOUSE NEITHER TO BEG NOR TO BORROW,

BUT I COME TO YOUR HOUSE TO DRIVE AWAY ALL SORROW,

SO LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, SIT DOWN AT YOUR EASE,

PUT YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS,

AND PULL OUT WHAT YOU PLEASE.

 

Then the door is opened, in comes the 'First footer' everybody gives him a coin, and after wishing each other Happy New Year, we all join hands and sing 'Auld Lang Syne'

To find more out about Auld Lang Syne...click here

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