Tomorrow will be the start of a brand new year in the Chinese Lunar calendar, and it’s time for another round of family reunions. It’s a time to observe traditions, to remember the past and to hope for a better future.
First of all, let us wish all our family, friends, and dear readers a very happy Chinese New Year.
I wish you all the best in health, family, love, career and wealth.
I don’t know what came over me. This year I’ve suddenly had the urge to decorate my home for CNY.
First we put up some wall decorations. A “fook” (good fortune) poster.
I think some people put the “fook” upside down, but this wasn’t pasted at our door so I don’t know what the rules are.
A fish, because the word for fish “yu” sounds like another word for having abundance.
Paper fans made from ang pows.
Poey Chin decorated our shoe cabinet outside our condo with a cute little arrangement.
We started putting up red stuff all over our house. Even Elmo got drafted into service.
Last night we packed gifts for our relatives, then we packed ang pow.
And here’s something I’m really proud of.
Poey Chin told me she wanted flowers, and at first she wanted to buy those artificial flowers. I didn’t want that because we didn’t have space to store the flowers after CNY.
So she said she wanted fresh flowers. I told her I could arrange the flowers because I watched my mother do floral arrangements when I was a boy.
So we got some fresh flowers, and here’s the result after half an hour. My first ever floral arrangement!
Here’s our dining table, transformed and decorated.
Everything is red, orange and golden.
The kids and ourselves are really excited to wait for Chinese New Year.
We’re starting to teach Rachel some of the traditions and customs.
Hope all of you have a good celebration and holiday!