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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy Hogmanay

B&P

 2012, that stooped old man with his wizened white beard is leaning heavily on his walking stick, while that young pretender 2013 is lurking around the corner. 
It is Hogmanay today, amongst other things, ( cleaning the whole house of stoorI have to stay awake long enough to accompany hubs to First Foot my mum after midnight to bring her home luck, safety and abundance.  Only tall dark  'strangers' need apply, preferably carrying black bun, a lump of coal, whisky, shortbread or a combination of all four.  Mum is very superstitious about this, in the past I was made to stand outside my parent's house  on January 1st in the freezing cold on more than one occasion until a  non related dark haired man came along bearing the requisite gifts. At a push this would involve sending my brother round to the front door,  forget First Foot, our First  Blazing Fight was often held before 10.00am.

Why was dark hair so imperative? Well, back in the olden days a strapping blond at the door after dark often   meant a gorgeous, (oops)Viking on a spot of  pillaging and the rest.
Dad was blond, funny that.) 
We Scots are infamous  for enjoying a well libated shindig at this time of year.  Post Reformation, Christmas  was seen as a Papish festival and was virtually banned for close to 400 years from the 17th century to the 1950's and so Scots went out and got absolutely bladdered at Hogmanay.
Don't ever  let it be said that I would  let the team down, I stand up for tradition and ritual - so very very Papish.

B&P


B&P

I don't know what to do tonight, I have a ticket to head into that bubbling cauldron below  to enjoy a Viking led spot of paganism or head to the country pub and settle  in front of an open fire with a dram and stinky  damp dogs at my feet. 
 Or, whisper it, the most decadent option of all, explore the far reaches of the  plump pillowy and toasty and warm sofa.
Can we start a sofa chant? 


Edinburgh Castle- Hogmanay


I had planned to keep this short and sweet but I am a bit of  a babbler. Thank you all for popping by this year. What ever this is; badinage, killing time,  a hate read or  dare I say it, friendship, I am so very thankful for the fellowship.  


Wishing all of you health and happiness in 2013.

88 comments:

  1. I'll send my dark and hairy husband to your door if you will send Sean Connery (1970s Sean, please) to mine. (I won't send my sons, they are as fair as can be.)

    Happy New Year to you, too, dear Tabitha!

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    1. Dina: send him round! Happy New Year.

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  2. Sofa chant here! SO-FA, SO-FA (not to be confused with SoFa, of course).

    Happy New Year!

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  3. Blonde Viking side here, but if you let me in I promise I'll only bring the champagne I've plundered elsewhere. May your 2013 be spectacular.

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    1. Barbabelle: and the door has just swung open...

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  4. I have a bevy of houseboys, would one of them do? And I like your babbler, so don't stop! I am so glad you have brighten many days, with your reads, so I thank you! Have you been asked the question," If you could have 10 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would they be?" You would be one of my guest, along with a vary borad range of others. And Buster would be your lap warmer. Have A Happy New Years Eve!

    XOXO

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    1. Oh I like that question mistress maddie, I've never actually written out my motley crue of dinner guests.

      Buster is needed now, heating has gone phut phut, it's freezing in here!

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  5. You are a delight and I'm always grateful for your presence on the Web, as those in your real world must be wherever you light. Thank you and a lovely 2013 and always - xoxo

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  6. One gets the uplifting feeling to come in and read your posts. It´s like having a friend who´s always witty and fun- these days your sort is refreshing change from this sea of personalities whos personalities remind you of...a cabbage,
    It´s a pleasure, really.

    Health, Wealth and Happiness!

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  7. Love reading your blog - I like that you always say what you think and have a wicked sense of humour. Please keep up the babble.Happy Hogmanay to you and yours.
    Cindy F
    xx

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  8. i cast a vote for the soft sofa. and i too am so grateful for my blog friends. how blessed we are. xoxo

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  9. Dear Tabitha, my Dads side is all Scottish so I used this post as a very valid reason to give a toast in your direction. No, not wine but whiskey for once.

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  10. Happy Hogmanay to you, Tabitha! May 2013 be a good year for you and your family. That bottle of bubbly can't be popped soon enough for me!

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  11. Tabs, your blog has been an amazing find for me this year, and i look forward to reading your witty adventures next year. Hoping that 2013 will bring happiness and health to you and your family! Happy New Year! xox P

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  12. How fascinating! Happy hogmanay to you Scots folk. Here's to 2013. We will be in bed by 10 no doubt, I've lost my "pissfitness" as we say in the local parlance. Best wishes and thanks for your great blog, I just love it sick xxx

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  13. Fellowship and Friendship indeed Tabitha - thank you for both, and all the rest!
    I remember Hogmanay parties when I was little - that's when I'd get to have some advocaat and orange lemonade. However, I prefer not to be out and about nowadays. The sofa calls!

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    1. Oh me too Patricia and it's wild out there today - cosy beckons.

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  14. Oh - love this! I will be on the couch, except for a round of fireworks in the backyard! Oh did not know that the Christmas issue last quite that long. SO much to learn - gotta come to Scotland and meet the kin!

    Tabs - you are as real a friend as one could have. I will light a rocket for you tomorrow night!

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  15. Wow, I did not know about this and I'm married to a Viking.

    Sheree

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    1. Sheree - Scots ( deep deep ancestry) are a motley crue of Viking, Celt and Gael, the Picts seem to have withered away alas.

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  16. hello. i have been enjoying your blog a a bit now but never left a comment. half the time i am not sure what you are saying (since scottish is nowhere near my heritage) but you make me want to come back for more. so i vote for the pub with a drink and the damp dogs. anytime you can enjoy a drink, a fire with the dogs sounds good to me. have a lovely new year whatever you decide.

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    1. Jessica, I do type in English! I don't know a word of Gaelic, are my idioms that heavy?
      Must vow to speak the Queen's English more often.

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  17. Dear Tabitha, husby is 6' tall and with the dark mostly Italian coloring. Should I load him up with the lump of coal, whisky, shortbread, black bun and send him on his way? Last year you made us honorary Scots and now we learn of First Foot ... so much fun to be Scots in training.

    The fire, champagne and plump, pillowy sofa with pups at feet sound heavenly. We are developing our own odd SoCal tradition with Mexican hors d'oeuvres and Margaritas.

    Slainte Mhath! And here's to happiness and friendship!

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  18. Happy Hogmanay! Whatever you choose to do, have fun. I am choosing sofa and champagne.

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  19. So much love to you, too! And I don't know why, but I'm dying to see your fam Christmas card. Please!!!!

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  20. First-footing sounds like a lovely tradition. Happy New Year, Tabitha!

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  21. Happy Hogmanay Tabitha! I too would choose the sofa and champagne. Thank you for a wonderful year of blog posts, and wishing you a great 2013.

    Jill

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  22. I vote you don't drink with the damp dogs! May you have a very happy new year Tabitha!!

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  23. What a great and fun tradition Hogmanay sounds like. Do you stay up all night with your mom? Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year, full of abundance in all areas, particularly everyday clothing.

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  24. So-fa so-fa so-fa sofasofasofASOFASOFASOFA S.O.F.A SOFA!!!! Oh, and some Champers as poured by that handsome Mr. B&P of yours. I'll take any First Foot that dares advance in my direction.
    Wishing you and yours much prosperity and winnning Lotto tix in 2013,
    Queen of the Clean Up Parade

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  25. Happy Hogmany to you, Mr B&P and your delightful Mum, dear Tabitha! Will raise a glass to you tonight, as we join the SOFA SOFA chanting ...
    Wishing you the very best New Year, and may all your dreams come true. Thank you for bringing your wit and charm to the Land of Blog; every post is a treat! xxx

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  26. Happy Hogmanay to you and your family Tabitha. It doesn't sound like fun standing out in the cold, dark night. Good thing your husband will fulfill the tradition in a timely manner so you can get back to your sofa.

    Some transplanted Scots and those of Scottish heritage are celebrating the same here in Canada, according to THIS ARTICLE in the National Post. The photos are all from Edinburgh and that party does look like fun, albeit a bit crazy with the torches and all. Wishing you well in 2013.

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    1. xoxo: That's why everyone gets blind drunk, so they can stay outdoors in all weathers.
      The torches are great, that was last night, all the 'Vikings' lead that one.

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  27. Happy New Year to you and all the best in 2013!

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  28. Happy New Year, lovely Tabitha, joy and sparkles, laughter and dancing and all things fun and lovely.

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  29. Whatever you choose, I wish you and your loved ones a Very Happy 2013.It'll be a great year for all of us if you're still blogging! I'm opting for the sofa,with my Mr. and a deliciously soft-pawed, sweet-smelling, cuddlesome little dog.x

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  30. Very interesting holiday! Wish I could partake.

    You, are indeed a friend to me! Happy New Year!

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  31. Ah, watching the fireworks from Prince's Street...was fun a couple of times, but then I found we could get a pretty good view of it from the bedroom window, and be warm, with a glass of champagne in hand, and without the teeming masses. Tonight I shall be watching the fireworks from my balcony, with a glass of Veuve Clicquot 2004, so not quite the "sofa, sofa", but getting close to it. I will wish you the best of hogmanays, whatever you decide.

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  32. Happy Hogmanay to you and all!!
    Ditto all the wonderful comments above.....they are true...yours is the absolute best read on the internet! I like to think of it as an education *smile*

    Quick question--can the gorgeous, strapping Viking pop in after the tall, dark handsome stranger? Seems like there'd be a bit of fun with that *laugh*

    Cheers,
    P

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  33. in your honor, Tabs.....applause for another excellent year of posting, etc........see you in the new one :)

    Happy Hogmanay – May Your Lum Ay Reek!

    A guid New Year tae ane an’ aw, 

    An’ mony may ye see!
    
An’ durin’ aw the years tae come,
    
O happy may ye be!
    An’ may ye ne’er hae cause tae mourn,
    
Tae sigh or shed a tear!
    
Tae ane an’ aw, baith great an’ sma’,
    
A herty, Guid New Year!

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    1. Thank you so much!
      And Jessica, if your are still reading, this is the Scots language, it has Germanic roots, I don't know a word of it or Gaelic.

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  34. Heavens, if I sent the spouse with whisky, he's as likely to drink it, even though he prefers bourbon. He's dark haired and half Scot, but down here in Australia. Sending him out tonight (he likes to socialise, I prefer to sleep), I will be partaking of the SOFA in the company of dogs and a good book. And, of course, a nice malt. The stoor can wait until tomorrow :)

    Happy Hogmanay!

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  35. Ciao, Buongiorno:
    Dark hair side here...hahaha...
    Ciao e Auguri di Felice Anno Nuovo!
    May your 2013 be "Artistic" and full of Joix de Vivre!
    Felicità!

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  36. Staying in with champers, hurrah!

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  37. Tabitha, Not sure if I understood this post. Loving your blog anyway and visiting you weekly in Scotland.

    Wishing you a lovely 2013 !
    xo
    Kim

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    1. Really? Well I am going to have to tighten up my writing, impenetrability is not as asset!

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  38. I knew the historical stuff, but lovely to read it again anyhow! We have to educate the masses (or something like that). Bill and I are both enraptured by the type-face on your champagne bottle. How sad is that? I would vote for the smelly dogs and cozy fire as a compromise. Nothing on earth could get me to join the crowd around the castle. We'll be doing a house-crawl of the neighbours followed by Auld Lang Syne in the street and fireworks followed by more food, drink and hopefully song from the lovely old man who lives behind us with a beautiful voice and one of our newer neighbours, Jules, who teaches voice at The Sage. She just opens her mouth and a wonderous sound happens. Talk about babbling! Happy New Year, Tabitha. Thank you for your wonderful blog posts.

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    1. Shelley, I didn't know any of it until a few years ago, I was part of those masses.
      Auld Lang Syne - Oh i have to leave the room then, I can't take it, it just breaks my heart.

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  39. Happy New Year Tabitha, hope 2013 brings all that you wish for. Your blog has been a source of warmth and wit for me this year. Long may it continue.

    It will be the sofa and champagne for me tonight - nothing would induce me to head out into the wild weather we are having today!

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    1. Isn't it foul today? Happy New Year when it comes!

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  40. Wishing you sparkling things for 2013 my lovely. Off to bake chocolate cake

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  41. Here's to tall dark strangers and a very good 2013! I will raise one to you! x

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  42. I'm sure I'm not the only one who looks forward to seeing what new and interesting snippets you'll be elucidating for us in the New Year. You're always a great read, as are the comments. Like so many others I really enjoy seeing Scotland from your perspective. We all live there vicariously through you!

    Happy Hogmanay Tabs and family.

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    1. Thanks C - the comments are the best bit of this blog.

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  43. Happy Hogmanay to you! When I was a child I remember my grandmother and mother insisting a tall dark man had to first foot. The drama if one wasn't available! My father is blond so once in desperation a black wig appeared and plonked on his head as he was ordered to first foot. Its funny but I'm still a little superstitious about this custom. I cannot listen to Auld Lang Syne without crying. It just destroys me!


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    1. Coco? a wig? That is hilarious, oh the older generation are suck sticklers for these things.

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  44. Happy New Year doll...I hope you enjoy yourself no matter what you do!! And may the new year bring you lots of happiness and great adventures...and maybe we might just pop into each other while I'm running around the art galleries in Edinburgh or somewhere....have fun...it's always a pleasure to come by here and read from you ;) Lots of love and happiness xx

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  45. Happy New Year to you, Tabitha, author of the most entertaining blog I have come accross (I also like OperaChic but that is partly because I am sooo into opera). I had never heard about tradition but can send you either tall dark handsome husband (Roman) or tall blond handsome brother (Viking). But they would have to leave some champagne at home with me, there is an end to my generosity.

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    1. I think I might be greedy, and take both.

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    2. Oh and I love opera too, we always "do the season"

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  46. A very Happy New Year to you and your family, Tabs! May 2013 bring you much happiness and many blessings!

    I think a tall dark stranger and night on the sofa sound like the perfect way to ring in the New Year. Our night will be spent at home with the possibility of a bonfire and marshmallow roasting, and definite watching of the fireworks displays.

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  47. Happy New Year Tabitha.
    I can only echo of the praise that other readers have lavished upon you. In short I absolutely adore you blog!

    I have one very important question to ask: Where, oh where, are you coupe glasses from the first picture from? I have been looking for a set of simple, delicate and long stemmed copues for aeons!

    E xx

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  48. Great to spy a gel who drinks bubbles with the correct glass,not those ghastly flutes!!!!

    Will raise mine to yours at the witching hour from my sofa (can't stand the hordes).

    Happy,Healthy,and Prosperous 2013. Ida

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  49. This post made me miss Scotland so very much! I absolutely fell in love with it during my visit. Wishing you a wonderful New Year my dear! So excited to hear you will becoming over at the end of the year!

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  50. great pics!

    xx

    www.aroundlucia.com
    www.aroundlucia.com

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  51. Happiest New Year to you and yours Tabitha. I am very grateful for your friendship, folly and the smile you bring with each post.

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  52. Happy Hogmanay! I've got my haggis ready for tomorrow and I'm currently trying to hire husband out to first foot anyone who wants him. I'm rarely welcome, being short and blonde, the one Viking on both sides of my family!

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    1. You might not be Viking , unless you've been tested you could easily be a blond Celt you know!

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  53. Happy all of it especially the new year. Your blog is very entertaining and smart and holds my attention and makes me laugh out loud. I'm a serious fan.

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  54. is 7am on Jan 1st here and I am watching children's tv with le child at the beach. Happy New Year!!!

    Am waiting for everyone see to get up so we can hit the buffet at the resort. I want hot food and I want LOTS of it.

    Hope it's a cracking good one for you xxxx

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  55. Happy Hogmanay! Those traditions sound quite interesting, MR.HB (of Scottish heritage) has never suggested that we celebrate this event.
    It's drinks in a swanky hotel bar and dinner at an elegant eatery with friends before saying goodnight and tucking ourselves into bed more likely just before midnight!
    Happy New Years!

    Love your blog and your wit Tabitha, thank you!

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  56. My oldest and best friend is in Edinburgh right now..interesting comments she has about it all, tartan and shortbread overload I think.

    Thanks for your great blog..and all your hardwork getting it to us..

    Happy 2013.

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    1. smr: I think Edinburgh is one of the best places to be in the world at this time of year, it's so magical.

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  57. Happy new year Tabs! Here's to health, wealth, happiness and the time to enjoy them. :)

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  58. Coming from a minority Catholic Scots background (seriously how more repressed could I get? There must be a grant/compensation/apology somewhere I can scrounge from an arts council/government/trash mag) our family has always enjoyed a libation or two this time of year.

    The Temperance Hall in my dear departed grandfather's town is now a pub. He would have found that heartily amusing.

    Happy New Year, Tabitha!

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  59. Tabs,

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

    :::knock:::knock:::KNOCK

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  60. Happiest of New Years to you Tabs. The sofa worked for me this year along with lovely bubbly.

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  61. Dear Tabitha

    Happy Hogmanay! Hope this is the start of a wonderful year! I'd have voted for the warm sofa too. Think hubby would have also, although on his father's side he's half Scot and half Polish/Prussian. So, taking that into account: a guid New Year und ein gut neue Jahr fur Sie und alles (forgive my mistakes, my German is kindergarten level). Look forward to reading more of your blog - I'm a recent convert.
    Best wishes, Pamela

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    1. Thanks Pamela, my German is at the same level so have no fears.

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  62. Happy New Year, Tabitha! Wishing you a healthy and happy year ahead!

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  63. Happy Hogmanay!! I love hearing about all these Scottish traditions. Best wishes for a very happy New Year!!

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  64. Happy New Years wishes to you and yours Tabitha and cheers to us clinking glasses in 2013 x

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  65. Happy New Year! I hope you had a great celebration that included eating and drinking to much.... I know I did! ;)
    Renae
    PS - I sent you an email... :)

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  66. Happy New Year Tabitha!!!

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