I know what your wife means damnyank. It is the Scottish New Year and it is called Hogmanay
Hogmanay is the Scottish New Year's festival that commemorates the solar divinity Hogmagog. The traditional Hogmanay ceremonies involved dressing in the hides of cattle and running around the village, being hit by sticks.
Hogmanay festivities included the lighting of bonfires, rolling blazing tar barrels, and tossing blazing torches.
In former times, animal hide was wrapped around sticks and ignited, producing a smoke that was said to be very effective against evil sprites. This talismanic smoking stick was itself known as a Hogmanay.
Hogmanay has its own customary goods: bannocks, oarsmen, shortbread, black buns and ankersocks (gingerbread loaves made with rye meal).