Given the religious background of Scottish people, they do not celebrate Christmas with the gayety that the rest of the world does. Christmas is observed quietly with family and religious services.

As somber as is the Christmas observance, the New Years observance is the opposite. After midnight church service, the New Year's Day (Hogmanay) celebrations begin with the wishing of the New Year.

The first person (First Foot) to cross a threshold on New Year's Day will predict the families luck for the coming year. If the person is a dark haired man, the best luck of all is given. This person must also bring a gift or holiday delicacy, in return the host offers the first person a small treat or drink that must be downed in one swallow.