Happy Lunar New Year!
Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Lunar New Year (if you celebrate it)! We spent the weekend in my hometown with family, and had a great Tết (Vietnamese new year) celebration.
We played traditional games, ate delicious food, and took the kids to see the Dragon dance. This year was the first year they weren't crying and terrified of it, so that was a nice bonus! It's considered good luck to feed the dragon "lì xì" (red envelopes containing lucky money) and we attempted to get the kids to feed them, but again, it was a no go. Maybe next year. Jax gave me his money to feed to the dragon (that's my blurred hand in the pic below).
My parents had a Hoa Mai tree (a tree with yellow blossoms that's native to Vietnam, traditional decoration for the new year) with fluttering red lì xì envelopes with different amounts of money in them. We each took turns cutting down a lucky red envelope. True to my luck, I picked one with only a dollar in it. :) But hey, it's a lucky dollar!
Chúc mừng năm mới (Happy New Year) and cung chúc tân xuân (gracious wishes of the new spring)! I hope the year of the Dragon brings you much prosperity and happiness. I know we're looking forward to meeting our little luck dragon, scheduled to arrive in April. ;)
What are you looking forward to this year?