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2012! I’m so glad it’s arrived! After a happily low-key New Year’s Eve, January 1st was spent with the family, enjoying some of our New Year’s Day traditions. The first one, which comes from my dad’s Scottish roots, is that the first person to visit our home must cross the threshold with a piece of coal. Don’t ask me why, but it’s good luck! It’s extra luck if the person has dark hair! The tradition is called first-footing in Scotland. We also celebrate my Scottish granny’s birthday. My favourite tradition though is my mum’s steak and mushroom pie, which we always have for New Year’s Day lunch. She bakes it a few times during the year, but like ham on Christmas, it always tastes better on this particular day!

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