Nothing but Happiness

Janet Huddie


Crownsville, MD, United States

2 x 2 x 3.75 inches

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Photo credit: Berlian Arts

For generations my family has practiced the Scottish tradition of First Footing. The first person to enter a home on New Year’s Day carries tokens of good fortune for the year to come. I remember my grandmother wrapping parcels containing salt, coal, bread and candles in newspaper for my parents to carry home from a New Year’s Eve gathering. Bringing the “Luck” into my home is still an important annual ritual.

Etched with a paisley pattern of Scottish thistles, my silver Hogmanay gift box is styled after a traveler’s apothecary set and contains traditional gifts symbolic of happiness and good fortune. Whisky to give cheer; salt for good health; matches to strike light; coal for warmth; a coin for wealth; bread for a plentiful table and an evergreen sprig for long life.

I enjoy fabricating one-of-a-kind narrative pieces inspired by my experiences, observations and remembered family stories.

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