A few blogging cat pals have asked me what Hogmanay is. Firstly, it has nothing to do with hogs which are sort of big pigs. Hogmanay is completely different. This is what happens.
At midnight it is traditional to sing "For Auld Lang Syne" by a human called Robbie Burns (published in 1788 - so it's very old). Then loads of fireworks go off like these ones over Edinburgh Castle (the humans really like this but us cats and dogs sometimes find it a bit distressing).
Then it's important to welcome friends and strangers with warm hospitality and a kiss to wish everyone a 'Guid' New Year. This is to ensure a clean break with the 'auld' year and welcome in a fresh New Year.
Finally, the best bit is "First footing" (the "first foot" in the house after midnight or "first paw" if you're a cat). This is done to ensure good luck for the house. The first foot should be male, dark (believed to come from Viking days when blonde strangers arriving on your doorstep meant trouble) and have with them symbolic coal, shortbread, salt, black bun and whisky. These days, however, whisky and perhaps shortbread are the only items still prevalent (and available) - although if you're coming to our house you could consider bringing catnip or cat biscuits as well.
I certainly hope everyone has a happy 2007