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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - December/January 2003
Scottish Bookshelf
by Peggy Baker

Hugh Douglas: The Hogmany Companion (Glasgow: Neil Wilson Publishing, ISBN 1-897784-12-0).

So whatís Hogmany, and how does one celebrate it? The very Scottish holiday on the cusp between the last of the old year and the start of the new year is an old and ancient celebration. . Lots of fascinating facts (a variation of Hogmany was celebrated by the French, Greeks, Vikings, Germans, Flemish and Spanish, but today it is an essential Scottish celebration.

Read on the importance of "first footing", and what one should carry over the threshold of your neighbors, toasts, songs, and recipes.

Joyce Holms: Foreign Body (Leicester, Ulverscroft, ISBN 0-7089-4004-8)

Irrepressible law student "Fizz"Fitzpatrick leads mainstream lawyer Tam Buchanan on yet another adventure. Tam is recuperating from gall bladder surgery, and Fizz suggests staying at a cabin at her grandparents in wee Am Bealach. Itís purely a coincidence, of course, that an elderly friend has gone missing, and Tamís investigative skills might learn what happened.

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