Tartan, Scottie dogs, and Highland traditions have been Christmas favorites - maybe for you!
The Christmas Archives, Maria's compendium of Christmas goodness, gives an idea of the traditions in Scotland, from tartan bows on the tree to 'SCOTTISH BLACK BUN' cake. More ideas from "Dreaming of a Scottish Christmas ".
One custom that is common here in the United sates is like that of Scotlands the Oidche Choinnle, or Night of Candles. Candles were placed in every window to give hospitable light to travelers ... now we see this as a common decoration, usually lighting each window with elctric replicas- but it originally was practice throughout Celtic countries.
Food fare: mince meat pies are favored as well as bridies, meat pies or pasties. The welsh are famous for bringing their pasties to the Michigan area. The Wassail bowl is found here, but with a Scottish twist. Because oatmeal is so traditional a food here...why not try a baked oatmeal for breakfast- it is not your usual mornign porridge and might just change your entire opinion of just how delicious oatmeal can be!
2-1/2 cups regular rolled oats
1/4 cup oat bran
1/4 cup steel-cut oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups milk
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup applesauce
1/4 cup cooking oil
2 cups fresh fruit [blueberries; chopped strawberries; peaches; apples or pears -cored; peeled and chopped; 4 ripe mashed bananas; cranberries or 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries or figs).]
Plain or vanilla yogurt, milk or cream
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease 2-quart souffle dish. In large bowl, combine first 8 ingredients*** and mix with a wire whisk; set aside. In medium bowl, combine next 4 ingredients. Add to oat mixture and stir until just combined. Place mixture into baking dish. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove from oven to stir mixture and gently fold in fruit. Bake, uncovered, for another 20 minutes more or until top is lightly browned.zSB(3,3)Spoon into bowls. Serve with yogurt, milk or cream. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
timesaver:combine dry ingredients the night before.
Everywhere you look for ideas on celebrating Christmas in Scottish tradtion you find they didn't have much of a tradition..for centuries! So if you borrow a bit of this and a bit of that, you can come up with your own Scot flavored holiday. In Scandinavian countries they have loads of little national flags on their trees and candles brightening their interiors, along with a feast of traditional foods, some of this could be historically borrowed for a Scottish Christmas, using tartans with the bright yule colors of green and red which are common for some of the clans.