I think I finally have some quality time to update my blog journal now that we started our Chinese New Year one-week holiday in Taiwan. So I thought of giving my blog a little bit of a facelift by changing the header photo with a nice evening shot of Taipei city. : )
First, a quick quote from Wiki about CNY:
Within China (and Taiwan), regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. People will pour out their money to buy presents, decoration, material, food, and clothing. It is also the tradition that every family thoroughly cleans the house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hopes to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of 'happiness', 'wealth', and 'longevity'. On the Eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with families. Food will include such items as pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning (or also on New Year's Eve), children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes (hong pao).
So the first order of things at home before we go to my in-laws' house for Chinese New Year's eve dinner was to clean the house and sweep away those stuffs that are only taking space and not really much being used. One of those stuffs I wanted to get rid are called "TOYS". : )
Here's my son trying to sort his toy box on what toys to give or throw away and what toys are to stay. He is asking me where Woody and Buzz Lightyear are. I said I already returned them to Andy. : )
My kids made good of separating first their stuffed toys on top of our sofa which I would presume they still would like to keep in our house for the time being. That includes Simba, Zippy, Pompom, Teddy, Mumu, Winnie, Dora, and even Qiao-Hu (巧虎).
Some of John's favorite baby books that we will finally give away to a church friend...
My kids love Simba the lion and Teddy so much... they've been with us for years now. They are already a part of the family. : )
Lydia got a new white teddy bear from her grandma made by Shangri-La hotel Manila... welcome to the family, Shang-Bear!
Finally, Chinese New Year Eve's dinner at my in-laws' house... yummy! There's also my brother-in-law's cute little girl.
After dinner and red envelope exchanging, our kids went outside with their cousin and little aunts to play some sparklers...
It was really cold outside. I could only wish every year that Chinese New Year is not during this winter period. It is usually cold and wet in Taipei. I would have wanted it during the spring or summer.
Nevertheless, each year is still always a happy new year holiday. Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Chai! Gong Hei Fat Choi! A Prosperous New Year to all! May God shower us with blessings and prosperity!
Job 22:21 - "Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you."