Maxwell Grantly

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Happy New Year


In the past, chimney sweeps used to wander from house to house on the first day of the new year, to wish people good luck, in their role as the ultimate bringer of good luck.

A chimney sweep is a sign of good luck, wealth and happiness. There are many legends why a chimney sweep is said to be the harbinger of good luck. One version has its origins in the UK, where King George III was riding horseback in a royal procession. A dog ran from the crowd, barking and nipping at the King’s horse. The horse reared and almost threw the King. A lone figure, shabbily dressed and filthy, stepped into the road. He caught the horse’s halter and quickly calmed the animal.

As soon as he appeared, the man faded back into crowd. The King, wanting to reward the man, asked for his name. No one knew the man’s name, but many told the King that he is was a chimney sweep. The King declared that from that day that all chimney sweeps should be regarded as lucky and treated with respect.

Here’s wishing you and your family all the very best luck and happiness for 2016 and beyond. Happy New Year.



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2 thoughts on “Happy New Year

  1. What a delightful little anecdote Maxwell.
    I hope you and yours have a wonderful 2016, full of joy and peace – notwithstanding the dearth of chimney sweeps these days 😉

  2. Thank you very much for your reply. Today, in the UK, it is not uncommon for a chimney sweep to be invited to a wedding, to pose with the bride and groom in the photographs. The juxtaposition of the sooty chimney sweep with the perfect white dress of the bride is most beautiful. The sweep will offer good wishes, in the form of a kiss or handshake, before going on his/her way.

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