Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CNY and family

It has always been about family. CNY is never about angpows and food (though I love receiving and am learning to enjoy giving angpows, as well as loving the food). It is not even about the trips we go out to buy new clothes and other new things. It has always come back to the issue of family. It is a time when we renew ties with family members we only see once in a while. It is also time to catch up with what is going on with one another.
This year, my brother-in-law and his family came back from Australia during CNY for the first time since they migrated. In the past, they have always come back only during school holidays in Australia. It is probably a shock to their system how we celebrate over here. They are learning to visit all the relatives they can cover in the few days they are here, and still make time to sample the food they have missed and shop for things.
For my family, it is a good time to see them. My boys certainly enjoy spending time with their cousin. It was good being able to spend time chit-chatting with them, and having reunion dinner with them. It cost a bomb to eat out for reunion but it was just so wonderful to just not have to bother about cooking and cleaning, and just spend the time in fellowship.
We'll be off visiting some more soon. Will update, and hopefully include some photos when I am able to. Gong Xi Fa Cai.

1 comment:

zainalmy said...

glad that your CNY is a meaningful and enjoyable one.