Friday, February 8, 2008

Year of the Rat - Happy Chinese New Year!

Ni hao!

Even though Chinese is the one ethnicity not running through Thomas (and the girls') veins we decided it would be cool to teach the girls a little bit about Chinese New Year. My knowledge of Chinese culture is rudimentary at best, but we figured they'd never know the difference. So, with a little help from some good google-fu we checked out some traditions, made some lanterns and dragons, ordered some chicken and fish for prosperity and health, some dumplings for wealth and fortune, and some noodles for longevity. We prepared the red "lucky money" envelopes and had a fun time learning a little about Chinese traditions.

By the way, did you know you can call your local Chinese restaurant and ask them to prepare authentic chinese food for you? Ours offered to when we told them what we were doing but since we knew that meant chicken with feet and beaks, and fish with heads we decided to pass...

Chinese New Year lasts for the next 14 days so if you're interested in celebrating you still have time!

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