As a parent who almost always has their kids with them on New Years, I’m always looking for a unique way to ring in the new year with them. If you are too, consider bringing the Scottish Highlands to your home and celebrate a traditional Hogmanay with Disney Pixar’s movie BRAVE.
Cleaning up around the house, hanging good luck charms in doorways and singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ are just a few ways that Scots encourage good luck to come through their door on the last night of the year.
I’ll be honest, I had never heard the term Hogmanay until now and didn’t even realize that the traditional song sung at midnight was actually from a Scots poem by Robert Burns written in 1788. You’ll find all the words to this song (which I’ve never really known) and party ideas just by clicking the image above.
Read more about different traditions in Wikipedia. For example:
In Glasgow and the central areas of Scotland, the tradition is to hold Hogmanay parties involving singing, dancing, the eating of steak pie or stew, storytelling and drink; these usually extend into the daylight hours of 1 January.
If you haven’t yet seen the movie, I can tell you that it is a heartwarming tale that is all about family, especially the relationship between a mother and daughter, which is perfect for a family party. It also has plenty of laughs!
Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney Pixar’s “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery. The Film is rated PG.
So if you are looking to mix it up this year with your kids, host your own BRAVE Hogmanay party!
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this movie however all thoughts remain my own.