Vintage Feline New Year and What Auld Lang Syne Really Means


This year we’re itching to bid farewell to 2016 or annus horribilis as many of us are calling it. The New York Times simply called it “the worst year ever”. We’re feeling nostalgic and opting for a old-fashioned Vintage Feline New Year and began wondering what Auld Lang Syne really means.


The traditional earworm of a song is familiar but I can’t recall more than a couple lines or where it originated from other than Scotland. I did some digging and there’s more to it than poet Robert Burns being credited for writing the poem in 1787. Originally it had nothing to do with New Years but sung on January 25th the celebrate Burns’ birthday. And Burns adapted it from earlier folk song dating back the 14th century.  He gets credit because he was the first to publish it. The actual tune is purported to be written by composer William Shield.

The melancholy song is translated from a Scottish dialect. Auld Lang syne means “old long ago for old times sake  and “we’ll take a cup of kindness yet” refers to sharing and toasting Scotch whiskey with friends. I’d like to think the cup of kindness is more than a metaphor. We could all use a big cup of compassion this year and appreciate friends old and new, near or far.

Cheers to a purrfectly Happy Mew Year and if it can’t be perfect, we can at least enjoy cats.


Did you notice what all the vintage and vintage inspired cards share in common? Most contain black cats for good luck. I love that and hope we can take that old tradition and bring it to the 21st century.


On a modern note: This is a screenshot of some of my Instagram pics of of the last year. 99% cats, what else?


You can show off your lyric skills tonight by boning up on the easier English translation of Auld Land Syne.


English translation

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.

44 thoughts on “Vintage Feline New Year and What Auld Lang Syne Really Means”

  1. I hope your 2017 will be filled to the brim with kindness, love, and health for kitties and their humans.
    At New Years I always like to look back at the cats who passed through PAWS – lest old acquaintances be forgot. Thank you for giving dear Clyde a loving home!

  2. Dang. That was one tough year we just finished. Happy New Year to you, dear pals. We are so grateful for you, and for your friendship. Here’s hoping your 2017 is filled with love, joy, peace and all good things. Hugs!

  3. The circle of life comes round again. We suffer loss and and pain and bad things but we go on with hope and renewal in our hearts and souls.The year has ended and a new one begun and we give thanks for all that we overcame in the old one and all that we can overcome in the new one.
    We wish for all peace, love , kindness, compassion, health and joy. We wish for all that their needs be met daily and that they may always be able to see,understand and count thier blessings daily.
    Luvs to all,
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo and the Angels >^..^^..^<~

  4. LOVE those vintage cards!

    And speakin’ of that cup of kindness. I, Seville the Cat, brought in the New Year with a nip heart. The peep, somewhat lackin’ in good taste – at least when compared to me – had Scotch.


  5. Happy New Year! May your year take you down whatever journey brings you the most inner peace it can. Be grateful for a new day and be grateful for new opportunities. And most of all, love yourself so you may love others. Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang

  6. May 2017 bring easier times, health for humans, health for animals, happiness for those near and far.
    May your cup be overflowing with kindness throughout the year.

  7. My human won’t miss this year… not that she thinks the next one will be any better! At least we have some good things happening personally, but she is very worried about the rest of the world!

  8. Best wishes for 2017???
    Has to be better than 2016,
    Or so I hope. Black cats are special and I wish for happy homes for all. People, please realize that 2 is as easy as one!!

  9. Well, it certainly wasn’t a good year for Blogville, but we’re all still here so it wasn’t that bad. Happy New Year Layla and may it bring all things good your way!

  10. oh to be at such a fabulous vintage kitty ball… that would be great… all the best for 2017… it’s the first year we start “without”… but we try to make the best of it… we are troopers, right?… or at least I hope we are :o)

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