Today’s events include:
This is the first Monday of the year, historically celebrated in Scotland and Northern England relating to a regional reluctance to switch from Julian to Gregorian calendars
The word Handsel comes from an old Saxon word meaning to deliver into the hand. The custom being to give small gifts of appreciation or tips (handselpurse) to servants, the postman, delivery persons, or anyone that provided services for the house.
It is worth mentioning that one William Hunter, a collier (residing in the parish of Tillicoultry, in Clackmannanshire), was cured in the year 1738 of an inveterate rheumatism or gout, by drinking freely of new ale, full of harm or yeast. The poor man had been confined to his bed. for a year and a half, having almost entirely lost the use of his limbs. On the evening of Handsel Monday, as it is called, some of his neighbours came to make merry with him. Though he could not rise, yet he always took his share of the ale, as it passed round the company, and in the end he became much intoxicated. The consequence was that he had the use of his limbs next morning, and was able to walk about. He lived more than twenty years after this, and never had the smallest return of his old complaint. —Sinclair’s Statistical Account of Scotland, 1792, xv., note on p. 201.
Daily Trivia: Paul McCartney is the only musician to have number one singles as a solo artist, as part of a due, a trio, a quartet, a quintet, and a sextet.
While preparing some of these posts, I started what I think is going to become a tradition for me. Pandora created a 2015 Top Pop Hits Radio playlist. So I let that playlist run in the background, and take note of any songs that came out this year I want to add to my music collection, which I can later buy/download. I should check if there is an alternative channel created? 2015 Top Alternative Hits Radio, first track is Foo Fighters (Saint Cecilia).