Feb 10, 2013

Chinese New Year Traditions - Interpretations Thereof.

Happy Chinese New Year!!!!

If you are observing the celebration, I hope you have a lovely day filled with family, food and red packets.

Baby SSG has gotten into the swing of things already this morning with red packets from his grandparents.  In return, he has blessed us with what is now coming up to 3 hours of sweet, sweet continuous sleep.  This could be the calm before more storm.  SSG Manor is facing up to the 6 week growth spurt this week and I've heard it's a shocker.  Between the tension of wonder weeks and growth spurts, there aren't actually that many weeks where the experts tell us to expect calm and predictable behaviour over the next couple of years. Mr SSG and I are facing up to this with a few emotional crutches - humour in all its permutations, foxtel and a well stocked fridge.

Even if you're not observing Chinese New Year, I reckon you deserve to follow a few of the traditions all the same.  Trust me to remember only the pleasant ones....

Ideally, you should have something new to wear today.  I'm improvising with a new cake of soap and lip balm.

More importantly, you are not to do any housework at all.  It's bad luck to sweep the floor.  I think doing the laundry doesn't augur well either so go ahead, play around with the clothes pegs like I did this morning.

Following on from the not lifting a hand in the direction of cleaning equipment, I also don't think you're meant to be doing the cooking yourself today either.

Do not even make yourself toast or pour out some cereal for breakfast.... have leftover lemon and poppyseed syrup cake instead!

And go ahead, order in takeaway for dinner tonight or go out somewhere fancy.

Enjoy yourselves today and may the year of the snake bring you and yours much luck and prosperity!


  1. Lisa @ Blithe MomentsFebruary 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Happy Chinese New Year to you too SSG! And thank you for giving me a reason to pretend the washing pile doesn't exist. Instead we are going to a BBQ and will let someone else do the cooking.

  2. Happy CNY! We were debating over if we were supposed to do the laundry or not too, lol.

  3. No housework here either! and food has just been reheated! Happy CNY to you too.

  4. Happy Chinese New year to you! I wish I'd read this post before I did the laundry - although we happily skipped cleaning today, haha!

  5. Happy New Year. And what a wonderful one it will be for you and your little family. Enjoy every day together. xxx

  6. Gong xi fa chai, SSG, I hope you, Mr. SSG and your dragon baby are well!

  7. Gong Hey Fatt Choy to you and your fam bam lady! :)
    And loving the cake plus laundry pegs. I wannttttt them.

  8. Gong Xi Fa Cai! From the Northern side:).

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