Chinese New Year

As we prepare to become a tri-ethnic family (Is that a phrase? I think I just made that up) I have begun to ponder how we will fit all of our dear traditions into yearly celebrations. I love holidays but I’m also not one to over-do it. I enjoy simple, I enjoy family and enjoy meaningful things. There was a time when I felt guilty for not over-doing, but I have come to realize that we all have our style and we should just go with it. Mother-on in our own way. So… when little man comes home I will have the new challenge of working Ethiopian culture and celebrations into our current traditions. While we were in Ethiopia we experienced Epiphany. I’m still figuring out what Epiphany is all about but it’s definitely a religious celebration. I don’t think it’s going to make my list of celebrations for our home, but we will surely learn more about it and teach Liam as well.The picture below is an Epiphany celebration near our hotel in Addis.

Epiphany Celebration in Ethiopia near our HotelObviously I’m still thinking all of this through, but I’m very excited to have some new things to celebrate. We recently honored the Chinese part of our tri-ethnic family by celebrating Chinese New Year. That’s a big one. Fortunately Chinese New Year is pretty low key. We eat Chinese food, the kids make fun crafts, we read folk stories and Elliott and Charlotte receive red envelopes with cash in them. Pretty good way to start the new year if you ask me. Here are a few pictures from the Ho household celebration.

Making Dragons!

Daddy reading a Chinese New Year story

This is what happens to the red envelopes!

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Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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