Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

January 3, 2012

How did “Auld Lang Syne” become a holiday tradition?

By Curt Oden - Exline correspondent
Daily Iowegian

EXLINE — I hope everyone had a merry Christmas. Hasn’t the weather been unseasonable for this time of year. There have been times in years past that we have had measurable snow on the ground by now.

The recipe for this week is one that sounds like it would be good at a New Year’s Eve get together with friends and family. It is called:

Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies


2 (1 lb.) pkgs. of refrigerated sliced bacon

1 (14 oz.) pkg. of beef cocktail wieners

3/4 c  brown sugar


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Take the bacon out of the refrigerator and cut the slices into thirds. It is easier to wrap when it is chilled. Wrap each wiener with one small piece of bacon and secure it with a toothpick.

Place the wrapped wieners on a large baking sheet and sprinkle the brown sugar generously over all of the wieners.

Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until the brown sugar is bubbly. Remove from the oven and place them in a slow cooker crock pot on a low setting to keep them warm. Let your guests serve themselves.

It seems another year is drawing to a close with some people making New Year’s resolutions. With those thoughts in mind, everyone has heard the song “Auld Lang Syne” traditionally sung on New Year’s Eve to welcome in the new year. Did you know it is an old Scottish folk tune that was written down in 1788 by the poet Robert Burns.

It literally translates into “Old Long Since” and was originally set to the old folk song, “Roud No. 6294.”

When Burns sent a copy of his poem to the Scots Musical Museum, he told them he collected this aged verse from an old man and did not really compose the whole thing himself. He also told them the verse had never been written down before.

Another poem with a similar name entitled “Old Long Since” was printed earlier in 1711 and composed by James Watson. It had a comparable first verse with Burns’ poem, but the rest of Burns’ poem differed from that older version.

Experts do not know if the song now sung to the words of the poem is what Burns originally intended, but that is the version that has been sung in Scotland and traveled around the world in that form for many years.

The Canadian born band leader, Guy Lombardo, was credited with popularizing the tune throughout America with his annual broadcasts of music with his band. They were originally on the radio and later on television where Guy appeared for years with his band to say goodbye to the old year on New Year’s Eve and welcome in the New Year at midnight.

The song became Lombardo’s trade mark song and was recorded at least two times by him and his band. Once in 1939 and again in 1947, when it was issued as a single on Decca records.

The song continues to this day as a song that is still sung on television and other gatherings that occur every year, when the old year ends on New Year’s Eve.

Katie Daily of Cincinnati had guests for Christmas the week before the actual holiday. Her son Don and his wife, Louise, along with their son, Dustin, and his wife, Stephanie, and their daughter, Paitlyn, who is Katie’s nine month old great-granddaughter, along with her granddaughter, Caitlyn, and her sister, Destiny, were all there for a holiday visit.

They all had a nice time catching up as they had not seen each other for a while. They were all there at Katie’s home from Saturday until Monday.

On Christmas day Katie went out to eat Christmas dinner with Donna and Lacy and they had a good time.

On Wednesday morning before Christmas, the annual Cookie Exchange was held at the Exline Old Country Store. They had good participation with a dozen local ladies who attended, each brining two dozen cookies to share. They were all able to then pick out two dozen cookies for themselves from the varieties that were available. Punch and cookies were served to everyone as they enjoyed the get together.