Staying in Touch –

at a safe distance!

 Happy New Year to you and yours.

2020 is over and hopefully sometime in 2021 we can get together and dance again!

Since ancient times, households across Scotland have welcomed strangers through their doors with the aim of bringing good fortune for the year ahead.

First footing, which stems from the Gaelic practice of “qualtagh”, 

Traditionally, the first footer should be someone who was not already in the house when midnight struck – hence the Scottish party tradition of having one guest leave just before the bells so they can knock on the door as the new year begins.

The first footer will usually come bearing gifts.


Traditionally, they would arrive loaded with a coin, bread, salt, a lump of coal, and whisky – gifts representing all the things the new year would hopefully bring, such as prosperity, food, flavour, warmth and good cheer. 

So here is my virtual first foot for you. 

Included in today’s offering is a continuation of the answer to the question “What do members do in their spare time when not dancing”.  Hugh Carter explains his other hobby – model railways.

We have the Scottish Society of Ottawa’s virtual hogmanay party full of all things Scottish. Enjoy.

And finally some groaners on that other subject.

Finland has just closed their borders.

No one will be crossing the Finnish line

So many coronovirus jokes out there. It’s like a pandemic

Due to the quarentine, I’ll only be telling inside jokes

Now is not the time to surround yourself with positive people

The will be a minor baby boom in 9 months and one day in 2033 we will witness the rise of the quaranteens.

I’ll tell you a COVID-19 joke now, but you’ll have to wait two weeks to see if you get it.