Other traditions include putting a coin on the doorstep and if it is still there in the morning then prosperity will follow for the next year.Last year's calendars must be taken down before the bells and I remember my Dad would always rake the fire and take out the ashes shortly before midnight.
Just before the bells, the back and front doors should be opened - to 'see the auld yin oot and let the bairn come in'. By then you should be ready for a wee dram and a bit of shortbread.It is a quiet night for us though. My older children are out at a party, and James is asleep - worn out. John and I are enjoying not having to go anywhere on this bitterly cold night and are happy to sit by the roaring fire. Hoping all your first foots are tall dark and handsome and that many blessings come to you in the coming year. Do have a wee listen to this beautiful rendition of The Bard's classic - his original tune.