Hogmanay Fireworks

   Posted by: krmb   in Daily

Midnight Fireworks

31 December 2008


It’s been a little bit strange to think about how different this year is right now, from the last sixteen New Year’s Eves. For ten years, on the 31st of December, we hosted one of the few Hogmanay parties in the U.S.  Before that, we hosted a New Year’s Eve Party with a theme. One year it was a pajama party.  Another year it was a hat party.  One year was “black and white.”  It was the year that the theme was “plaid” that we took the turn toward the recurring Scottish theme, did the research and began what we grew into a multi-tiered, annual, tradition and helped make “Hogmanay” a little more worldwide!

This year, instead of scurrying around the house, lighting candles, hanging lights, filling ice chests, and making wassail in preparation for forty or so guests, we are in Edinburgh Scotland making our dreams come true. We are here for the “real” Hogmanay—at the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve Celebration.  From the moment we first learned about this event, we’ve wanted to be here, and now, here we are!

Kyle has already written a beautiful post to the KRuMB about our day, and I truly have nothing to add to his heartfelt and artful essay. He is right when he writes that words cannot describe the raw emotions of the day. I only know that we can check another item off our life’s “must do” list. And that the only thing that would have made today any better, is if we could have had all of our friends and loved ones here with us! How we would love to have shared this evening with all of you!

So, I give to you (one of many) a photo of tonight’s fireworks.  It was one of the most amazing fireworks displays I’ve ever seen.  Afterwards, It was a full ten minutes before the smoke cleared enough that we could once again see the castle on the hill above us. 

Happy Hogmanay!  Happy New Year!

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5 comments so far


That shot is beautiful. Well seen and glad to hear you are still having such a good time.

January 2nd, 2009 at 07:19

That picture is one of those that you get once in a life time. I am so happy that ya’ll are able to be there making dreams come true. Have a wonderful time, and Happy New Year!

January 2nd, 2009 at 08:11

thank you for sharing this with us…

January 3rd, 2009 at 09:41

Freakin’ awesome photo! Hope you guys have a fantastic time during the rest of your trip, and a safe journey home.

Happy New Year!

January 4th, 2009 at 23:08
The Orange One

What an amazing shot! I’m having great fun reading about your adventures (though the unbearable beer thirst is making work quite difficult)! 😉

January 15th, 2009 at 11:50