...a familiar song that is sung when we ring in the New Year. Beyond that, I never knew much more about the song nor the person who penned it.
Tonight I attended a dinner party that was fun, interesting and a learning experience for me. It was to celebrate Scottish traditions in what is called a Burns night. As in Robert Burns. Famous among Scots for his poetry and song. And also famous for authoring Auld Lang Syne.
My horizons were also expanded in the gourmet sense. The haggis. I tried it for the first time and it was not as bad as I expected.
We listened to poetry by Robert Burns recited by a Scotsman in proper Scottish form.
There was a Scotch-tasting to delight and educate one's pallet on the fine art of Single Malt Scotch (I stuck to wine).
Pipes were being played in the background and the night concluded with a group sing-along of Auld Lang Syne.
It was a night that expanded my horizons in many ways. It was far better than watching the History Channel. A moment I will scrapbook, although I have no photos.
With a shortbread cookie in my hand, I sign-off tonight knowing more about Scotland and their traditions than I did when I woke up this morning.