Friday, January 2, 2009

Hogmanay:

Because Christmas was banned in Scotland for about 400 years and only allowed to be celebrated again in the early 1960's New Year is HUGE. We call New Years Eve 'Hogmanay' and have all sorts of traditions and celebrations for it.
Some Stronach family traditions include staying up for the bells - the Scottish version of the ball dropping. The New Year is chimed in on our town steeple where the towns folk gather to count down, get blootered and snog on the twelfth stroke... We stayed home this year and watched the festivities on the tele - Edinburgh has a huge street party, Stonehaven has the fireballs which we did plan on going to but it was bloody cold outside... Our back door faces the town centre so we get a good view of the fireworks from the upstairs bedrooms. But before that happens we eat some cheese and crackers and dad pours some Shloer for drinking as the bells ring in the New Year. We all hug and kiss and say "happy new year" then we watch some fireworks and go to bed because in a few hours the sun will be rising and that's what we really want to see...

We get up at the crack of dawn to go see the first sunrise of the year. We left around 8am this year but it looks much earlier - and it felt it too. This year there was a lot of whining and doubt about the sunrise being a good one - there have been years we went out and it seemed like the sun actually didn't rise at all so there was reason for the moaning and groaning (mum).
It started out like this, which I thought was so pretty anyway...

Then the sun started to head up our way and the clouds got all funky...

And the Sunrise Squad of 2009 arrived...

The sun started to come up. Do you think it was a good one?
A little fishing boat headed out right at the sun was coming up. Andrew identified it as the Usan Lady (?) and wondered why on earth they were going out at that time on New Years morning. If they were taking a picture I bet it turned out amazing. They went out and came back quite quickly...

Stuart and I snuggled in the sunrise. Happy as clams.

Mum and dad shivered it in together.

Here's the bunch of us:

Then we went home...
where some of us slept and some of us didn't.

Happy New Year everyone! I really hope this year is the best for everyone.

5 comments:

cosmictadpole said...

Wow! What a sunrise!! It sure was worth the wait.

CTR2002 said...

Happy New Year to you too! :)

Danielle said...

Those pictures are awesome!! Happy New Year! Hopefully I'll get to see you soon!

Linzi said...

I am so jealous! It was beautiful and thanks for sharing.

emma said...

Oh man! The year that I could actually handle getting up easily in time for this tradition, I miss it! I used to hate getting up early and the cold!! urrr I can still feel it. At least you got a nice sunrise one year it was hard to tell if it was risen or still rising.. we were there for ages.