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Does anyone know meaning

Posted by Bruce Kahl on October 14, 2004

In Reply to: Does anyone know meaning posted by Mark Linkie on October 14, 2004

: Someone I know added this to the bottom of an email. Does anyone know the meaning. "Im your fifteen stone first footer".

: Mark


"First-footer is a Scottish term relating to the New Year (Hogmanay). A first-footer is a person who is the first person to enter your house on
January 1st. That persons would be about 15 stone (which is 15 * 14 = 210 pounds). When this person comes into your house, you must give him all the food he/she wants! In other words, after The Bells (midnight on 31 December) you have to ensure that your "first footer" is a tall person who should be carrying a small lump of coal, which would traditionally go onto
your fire (remember it's cold and dark at New Year in Scotland!). The early hours of 1 January are traditionally spent going from house to house in your neighbourhood visiting people and welcoming in the New Year