- 11-08-2007, 04:18 AM #1Banned
- Join Date
- May 2004
Now that my children are getting older, I want to start some family traditions. I have some already, mostly centered around holidays, such as always going out for a real x-mas tree, open one gift x-mas eve, doing gingerbread houses, etc. I think once the youngest is a bit older we will do a 1/week movie night at home, what are some of your family traditions? I'd love to get some more ideas. One really great idea I heard once was to take a picture of your child on their birthday holding a picture of themselves the year before (a large picture), so you will eventually have a picture of your child holding a picute of him holding a picture, so on and so on? It is kind of hard to explain. I wish I heard of that when they were younger as it would be neat to start that at age one.
- 11-08-2007, 08:32 AM #2Registered User
- Join Date
- May 2005
- Hong Kong
i don't know how old your children are, but i also heard one about letting the child wear a piece of your adult clothing on every birthday. & take a picture then you see how much he/she has grown through the years.
- 11-08-2007, 09:08 AM #3
- 11-08-2007, 09:50 AM #4Baby Guru
- Join Date
- Mar 2003
- New Territories
On birthdays, the birthday child wears a gold paper crown.
*We bring down the tree from our roof-top.
*We usually decorate on the second Sunday of Advent.
* Some years, if I really have it together we light an Advent candle every Sunday as well.
* We bake cookies during Advent
* We get out the X-mas videos that we only watch during Advent and Christmas
*We got to Church as usual all during Advent and on X-mas Eve. Am considering that the kids are now old enough that we may try morning service on Christmas day.
*Christmas dinner - invite friends and family for Turkey w/ trimmings
* All decorations down and things restored to normal by Epiphany (January 6th). I used to have dreams of making a 12th Night Cake and so forth, bt by then I've usually had enough of feasting and Chinese New year sometimes comes so close that I feel like we need a break.
Chinese New Year traditions
* We set up the 8-yummy-things box
* We bathe in water that has water boiled "heung yip" leaves added to it.
* We clean the house and try to have things extra nice for Chinese New Year (The Big Sweep Out).
* I often help my sisters-in-law and or my mother-in-law make huge batches of Loh Bah Goh (yummy!)
* We put on the red couch cover & special lucky red cushions and put up the lucky sayings.
I am thinking that now the kids are old enough, we may make jiaozi on Chinese New Year's Eve. Maybe a Neen Goh (Year cake) too?
* On Chinese New Year day we eat lots of Loh Bah Goh & often go over to our relatives for big meal and hang-out & mahjong.
*In the morning we sometimes do a kow-tow to m-i-l for lai-see and then the kids do kow-tow to me and DH
* We put out extra cake and oranges and incense to the pictures of my late f-i-l and my late step-dad and others
- try to fast in some way and think about self-improvement
Holy Week & Easter
- go to Maundy Thursday dinner
- go to Good Friday morning Service
- Dye easter eggs & w/ some of the blown eggs, tie onto a tree (this is a tradition I learned from a German friend).
Ching Ming & Cheung Yeung
- Go to the colombaria at Chai Wan & tidy & make offerings
Last edited by loupou; 11-08-2007 at 09:54 AM.
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