I was scratching my head wondering what to post for new year. Then as the countdown began it came to me.
For as long as I remember, in my adult life, if I'm at home on new year, I always let the old year out and the new year in. I have no idea why. I'm not sure when I started doing it. I'm pretty sure it's not something my mum done when I was growing up.
About 3 mins to midnight I will fling open the back door, prop it if I need to.
Then I will walk to the front door and wait.
As the clock strikes midnight I fling open the front door to welcome the new year in.
It's quite a sensation because I feel the cold air drawn into the house.
It's like a sudden rush of air.
Then I will go and shut the back door wishing last year a fond farewell.
Even when my children were tiny and we lived in the flat. I would open the kitchen window. Then welcome the new year in through the living room window.
Tonight I asked my twitter followers if they do the door thing at new year and no one seemed to know what I was talking about.
I'm pretty sure I didn't just invent it. But I googled it and the only door related tradition I could find was 'first through the door'...
If you know where this originates I'd love to know more.
Or do you have any new year traditions?
Please comment below.
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