I would like to wish a Happy New Year to you and your families from everyone at the Doorsan office. We hope that you have had a nice Christmas and that 2014 brings you all that you desire. If you desire a new door then you should take a look at our website which features a wide range of door styles.
[caption id="attachment_1208" align="alignright" width="300"] Do you carry a piece of coal on New Year's Day?[/caption]
There is a traditional custom that takes place on New Year's Day related to doors so I think it is appropriate to explain it here to anyone that is not familiar with it. Some people call this custom "First Footing" and it involves the people in the home waiting behind their door for a dark haired visitor to call at the house. Everyone is expected to wait until the first person of the year calls at the door. There are a few variations on what the visitor should bring, but some people say a piece of coal, bread, money and greenery. The coal is to symbolise that the home will be kept warm throughout the year. The bread represents having food on the table. The money is self explanatory, while the greenery relates to a healthy long life. This is a custom that is supposed to bring good luck to everyone that lives in the home. As the visitor leaves they are expected to take ashes out the door with them to represent moving on from the year that has just passed. I expect that anyone that actually continues this tradition will arrange for someone they know to call round as I can't imagine people hanging around behind a door all morning. An alternative version that takes place in Scotland involves the visitor bringing coal, whisky, shortbread and a black bun.
Whilst you are waiting behind your door for your dark haired visitor, you may realise it is time you shopped for a new door. Have a look at the Doorsan website and you will find a large collection of modern and traditional door designs, which will refresh your home for the year ahead.