It seems that after all the excitement of Chinese New Year’s red underwear, Valentine’s Day is just two weeks or so away. Now, if you live in a country where sexy lingerie is not appropriate on Valentine’s Day, you’ll be looking at Chocolates, Flowers or Cards. But … and it’s a big but, they might not be such exciting gifts.
Of course, if you don’t have a boyfriend, you can always buy them for yourself, no one will care!
One of the nicest traditions in Taiwan at Chinese New Year is the Giving and Receiving of Red Envelopes, these contain money for spending on gifts or whatever the recipient decides. Compared to traditional gift giving, it may seem a little crude, but after thousands of years of giving gifts, the Chinese have narrowed it down to a fine art: give money and let the recipient decide to save it, invest it or spend it!
In fact, this tradition is also carried out at Weddings and Funerals, too. Though the envelope color changes from Red to White for Funerals. So when people marry, it’s traditional for gifts for couples (http://www.redenvelope.com/gifts-for-couples-rwcop) such as money, gold and household goods to be exchanged at that time.
No worries over gift lists, did she get the gift last time, etc.? No swapping presents? No exchanging unwanted gifts… what could be simpler than even gift certificates?
I’m terrible. I start lots of projects, and I try hard to finish as many as I can but it must be my nature not to finish stuff. I have a dozen projects that I would like to start or finish but I never seem to get things together.
The school was redecorated at Chinese New Year, and we all worked hard! But it’s been a difficult six months since then trading-wise. Still, with more time to fill, I still didn’t manage to fix the bathroom lighting that was accidentally broken by one of our co-workers with a generous swing of her mop handle. She broke the entire glass cover, one bulb, and showered herself in glass.
Luckily she wasn’t hurt, but that bathroom light needs fixed! Oh, well!