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My First Experience Celebrating The Chinese New Year in China  This is our door decoration for the Chinese New Year. It is a traditional display for bringing good fortune for the coming year. Chunlian: Chūnlián (春聯) are simply long, narrow red strips of paper or diamond-shaped paper printed with black or gold Chinese characters which are

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Chinese New Year/Spring Festival Traditions

Chinese New Year & Lantern Festival Traditions This is a tremendous holiday in China. Tai was cooking for the last couple of days. Actually the prep work she did was the most time consuming part. Especially the preparation of the dumplings. Tai makes the best dumplings. Our New Year’s Eve dinner consisted of a main dish of fish and pork with dumplings

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It's So Cold Even Frosty Went South

It’s Cold Out There January 2017 has been a quiet and reflective month for me. As it has been for the last few years.  Each year in January I take the time to retreat within the depths of my memory; reflecting on the streetlights of my life. Each streetlight is a slice of my life that has

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Merry Christmas from China

  Tai has never experienced Christmas. This is her first time seeing many of the holiday videos and hearing songs we grew up with in the United States. Tia has no idea what it is like to exchange presents or share a special holiday meal or celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. She chose

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My Thanksgiving Update

Happy week after Thanksgiving everyone! I hope new memories were formed as you gathered with family and friends this year.  As I also hope old memories brought smiles remembering thankful times over the years.  Here in China they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. It is an American holiday. When I asked Tai if she know about the holiday feast, she had