Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Chinese New Year

I never thought much about Chinese New Year until I married into a Chinese family.  I had vague recollections of seeing dragons in parades mentioned on the nightly news.  However, now that I'm part of this life, I have come to understand that Chinese New Year is a big deal.  It's probably the most significant of all the Chinese holidays.  It reminds me a little of a combination of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter all rolled into one.  It reminds me of Thanksgiving because of the importance of family, friends, and food.  It reminds me of Christmas because of the excitement and preparation leading up to it, and because of the tradition of giving children gifts of red envelopes filled with cash.  It reminds me of Easter because it is a holiday that focuses on reflection and renewal for the coming year.  I send greeting cards for Chinese New Year, much like I send cards for Christmas.  This year the holiday begins on February 3rd.  2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, so I wanted to incorporate a rabbit into my card theme.  What I did was combine 2 stamp sets, Kimono Kids and Blowing Kisses.  I carefully inked my rabbit without the heart bubbles and replaced them with the umbrella from the Kimono Kids. 

2 comments:

  1. This is so sweet! I've not seen any cards made with this set yet!
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  2. Very cute! I love how you incorporated the rabbit =)

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