first foot v. to be the first person to enter a house on New Year’s morning
First footin, or first fittin, is traditionally, if loosely, associated with the bringing of good (or bad) fortune to a household for the year ahead. Yet ‘traditions’ are not always as old as we might suspect, and often have their own methods of evolving. A mass first footin in Edinburgh, noted by The Scotsman in 1852, was ‘initiated by ... a large crowd in the neighbourhood of the Tron...
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