People in Scotland observe a New Year tradition called "first-foot." Have you ever heard of it? The first person who enters your home after midnight on New Year's Day brings an omen of good fortune or bad luck for the household over the next year. Of course, people make sure that they invite a good friend to come over rather than just leave something that important to chance. The friend is warmly welcomed in, bringing the family gifts of coins, chocolate, or whiskey (!) to symbolize the coming good year. I don't believe in luck, but it sounds like a nice tradition just the same.