Embracing all things Scottish

Posted on 19th Jan 2017 Categories: News

Every January 25th, Scots around the world celebrate the birth of poet Robert Burns - a pioneer of romantic literature. Burns Night is considered the epitome of Scottishness and is now widely celebrated by many other nations. So why is Burns night so popular? I'd like to think it’s down to the universal appeal of Rabbie's poetry but cards on the table, how many of us actually understand every poem? For many it’s an excuse to invite family and friends over and have a party! After all January is a pretty dull month; cold, dark nights with nothing to look forward to and Christmas, even though only a few weeks ago, is a distant memory and all that's left of the festivities is a large credit card bill, an empty box of Quality Street and a wardrobe full of clothes that no longer fit after all the indulgence. Or maybe that's just me...

Official Burns nights are traditionally very structured with endless toasts and a rendition of Auld Lang Syne which isn't everyone's cup of tea (or dram of whisky) and certainly isn't mine. Keeping things simple and low key is the way to go! Enjoy a traditional meal, share a selection of poems, have a dram (or three) of whisky and dance the night away to 'Donald where's your troosers'.

Scotland isn't known for its fine dining, deep-fried Mars bar anyone? But January 25th is the one night of the year where Scottish food takes centre stage. Admittedly, a dish of sheeps innards is a hard sell but take your taste buds on a highland fling, what's the harm in trying it? It wouldn't be a true Scottish celebration without the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties. Unlike the Loch Ness monster, haggis ingredients aren't a myth, therefore having an alternative dish might be a good idea, as it is a bit of an acquired taste.

Copious amounts of whisky and a good sing song are as important as the meal. Dry January can be put on hold for a night, surely? However, if you are committed to finishing the challenge, it is an ideal chance to enjoy a dram of Scotland's favourite tipple. Yes, you've guessed it! Barrs Iron Bru - a staple requirement of a Scots diet.

Lastly, make sure you dress for the occasion. No onesies or lounge wear allowed! A kilt is a must and of course, you're expected to keep up the true Scotsman tradition. A smart shirt and House of Cheviot kilt socks (we have 15% off all kilt socks until January 24th) complete your Burns Supper attire.

Hopefully you're now in the mood to embrace all things Scottish - Slainte!

Ashley