Posted by: marymarthatours | December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year


Martha & Mary having fun at the Abbey House Garden, September 2013

Martha and Mary wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas Day and a joy-filled New Year!

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?


     For auld lang syne, my dear,

     For auld lang syne,

     We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,

     For auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !  And surely I’ll buy mine !

And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness, yet, for auld lang syne.


We two have run about the slopes, and picked the daisies fine;

But we’ve wandered many a weary foot since auld lang syne.


We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine;

but seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand my trusty friend ! And give me a hand o’ thine !

And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne

This is an English translation of Robbie Burns’ “Auld Lang Syne”.  The song is traditionally sung at the conclusion of New Year’s Eve festivities around the world, and especially in Scotland where New Year’s Eve is known as Hogmanay.  We send the poem and our wishes for a Happy New Year to all our friends, readers, and past & future travelers with the M&M’s.




  1. Have a very happy Christmas — and many, many more — to auld lang syne, my dears.

  2. I did like your translation of Rabbie Burns’ poem Martha and Mary. Well done.

    Happy New Year to you to both and “lang may yer lums reek!”
    (Long may your chimneys smoke!)
    Will drink a toast you on Hogmanay as we celebrate the entry of the New Year and Ne’erday!

    Jan – a scot in England!

  3. Happy New Year

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