If you haven’t heard of the New Year’s tradition of the first footer, you’re in for a treat. With Celtic roots still evident in the Kawarthas, chances are you’ll hear about it on New Year’s Eve. Your luck for the year depends on who enters your house first after midnight. For the best luck, the first footer should be a dark-haired man. It’s even better if he brings a lump of coal, some shortbread, salt and whisky with him. The coal symbolizes warmth, the shortbread, good food for the year to come, the salt, friendship and the whisky is for hospitality and good cheer. First-footing is thought to have originated during Viking days, when a fair-haired stranger might have represented danger.