Foreign News: Paisley's Hogmanay

Fifty years ago the grey little city of Paisley, seven miles outside of Glasgow, was world famed because beauties who could not afford real Cashmere shawls draped their drooping shoulders with "Paisley shawls" of soft wool, printed by Scots with Indian designs. Ladies no longer wear shawls. Paisley's Calvinist spinners make a modest living today spinning cotton thread.

Good Scotch Calvinists disapprove of Christmas, consider Christmas trees and Christmas presents to be popish and heathen things, savoring of idolatry. Scotch bairns wait for their toys till Hogmanay, New Year's Eve. On New Year's...

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