Yesterday was Chinese New Year, and we decided that celebrating this day would liven up a dull end of the month. I am looking to add a bit more structure to our weeks/months and celebrating national, international and certain religious festival and feast days certainly seems to be a good way to do it. We will be able to do crafting, prepare food, learn about other cultures or societies and come together as a family on what would otherwise be regular days. I have been reading a fair bit about Waldorf Montesorri recently and I have a few posts about it in my head.
Anyway, here is what we did yesterday.
First we (and really I mean me), cleaned, cleaned, cleaned. Then we hung our decorations.
For dinner we had vegi chow mien, beef in oyster sauce, chili seafood noodles, egg noodles, rice and prawn crackers.
It is Chinese custom to give red envelopes with money inside at New Year, so taking a leaf from Sarah I made some envelopes from red satin napkins (£1 for 4 from Poundland), and inside I put some chocolate coins. Which I think means more to Oscar at this age than real money anyway.
After dinner we played some traditional Chinese music and Oscar and Daddy danced around.............em oh no, make that, Daddy was the dragon and Oscar was the little child trying to run away.
We have been reading a couple of lovely books over the last week, in preparation for the day.
And that's us. We had a lovely time, and as I said, it would have otherwise been a rather dull Monday.