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.
Obviously 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.