Tomorrow is Robbie Burns Day, a day of celebration for lovers of poetry, drink, and all other flavours of Scottish Culture. It is a day in honour of Scottish poet Robert Burns, born January 25th, 1759, in Alloway Scottland, just South of Ayr. While he started his life out on a farm doing hard labour for his family, he knew his passions lied with other things, mainly poetry, women and drink. It is these three things that we celebrate then, every year on his name day. There are many ways to celebrate Robbie Burns day, but I thought today I could help you bring in tomorrow with style.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Starburns Gets It…
A true 18th century Scottsman needs the warmest cheek imaginable. But Tom, you say, how can I possibly grow a full set of sideburns by tomorrow??? Well have no fear for the Internet is here! There are tons of costume shops online that can get you the mutton chops you need, and get this, they are made out of human hair! 100%! How awesomely gross is that?!?
Check out Act One Costumes BMG133s for that perfect Robbie Burns look!
Now that we have the look, we need the drink! How about 6 litres of The Macallan M (known throughout as “the world’s most sophisticated single malt”) in a beautifully crafted crystal decanter. They are a little hard to come by, however maybe you can buy one off the guy who just picked one up at a Sotheby’s auction for a mere $628,000.
Only a mere $628,000…
A little flashy? How about a simple gift set of The Macallan Cask Strength and a glass. It is a great scotch, and the set will only set you back about $120. Slightly more reasonable? Thought so.
So you have your scotch and sideburns, now how to woo the ladies. Well that is where the poetry comes in my friend. A huge shout out to the wonderful people at Burns Country who have ammassed nearly every Robbie Burns poem and put them online. Yes the site looks like an old Geocities website (only thing missing is a dancing Jesus), but you can’t argue with the awesomeness of the content. Check them out at robertburns.org. May I suggest “Ae Fond Kiss” or “The Cotter’s Saturday Night” (a love letter to Scottland).
O Scotia! my dear, my native soil!
For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is sent,
Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil
Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content!
And O! may Heaven their simple lives prevent
From luxury’s contagion, weak and vile!
Then howe’er crowns and coronets be rent,
A virtuous populace may rise the while,
And stand a wall of fire around their much-lov’d isle.
And that is it, everything you need to make Robbie Burns Day a success. Check out our article from last year for a few more good ideas!