When I posted on New Years Eve regarding my Mothers NYE cleaning habits which I have continued to do myself I had no idea as to where she aquired this "tradition"
Imagine my surprise when I received a comment on my blog from Judith in New Zealand who stated my mother must have scottish ancestry as this was a custom that her Mother and Father had as well.
I e-mailed her to say that it was true that I have Scottish ancestors and she sent me a copy about this custom.
Part of the information she sent me was---------
**During the day of Hogmanay the household would be busy cleaning so that the New Year could be welcomed into a tidy and neat house. It is considered ill luck to welcome in the New Year in a dirty uncleaned house. Fireplaces would be swept out and polished and some people would read the ashes of the very last fire of the year, to see what the New Year would hold. The act of cleaning the entire house was called the redding, ie getting ready for the New Year. **
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Thank you Judith-----
Aren't bloggers wonderful people!!!