I’m borrowing this from Fiona Ritchie’s website because it’s not often I see mention of our one real family New Year tradition:
Open the Door
Open the door for the auld year,
It is the pairtin-time
Open the door for the new year
And lat the bairn win hame.
Bundle your winter’d joy and grief
On the back o’ the year that’s dune:
Open your hert for the new life
And lat the bairn come in.
by William Soutar
Title: Open the Door
Source: The Poems of William Souter, Scottish Academic Press, 1988