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Celebrating Chinese New Year at Home: Dumplings and Decorations

Our family is creating our own Chinese New Year traditions... and our favorite part is making homemade dumplings together!

This weekend we celebrated Chinese New Year (the Year of the Snake officially began yesterday) with a special dinner together as a family, and this year it really felt as if we have fully embraced making this holiday a true family tradition.

Since I did not grow up in a household that celebrated this holiday, I don’t have the experience of personal family traditions to lean on when planning my own celebration of this important holiday. But I knew that I didn’t want our family’s observance of this holiday to be limited only to events held by our local Chinese language school or other Chinese-American groups.

These parties are great, and our family really enjoys them—but making these parties the center of our family’s celebration would be like making the office holiday party the center of your family’s Christmas festivities.

I also knew that I didn’t want to celebrate this holiday by ordering in food from the local Chinese restaurant—although the meal would be delicious—I am not the type to carry-out my Thanksgiving turkey or my Easter ham either.

I knew that for this to feel like a real family celebration at our house, that I needed to learn to cook some (semi)-authentic Chinese dishes and create our own family Chinese New Year’s traditions. So after a few years of trial and error, we finally have a menu, decorations, and annual traditions that feel as if they are our own.

Click here to read more over at Momof6... 

Sharon Rowley writes daily for her site Momof6, where she shares ideas for Moms! Sharon is also a regular contributor at iVillage.com.

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stephany February 12, 2013 at 04:27 AM
"When did celebrating this become such a big deal?" Figure about 6 yrs ago-give or take Sharon has 3 adopted kids from China and 3 with her husband=6. I was wondering myself till I went to her site [ http://momof6.com ] which ain't half bad if you have kids and maybe if you don't http://momof6.com/celebrations-and-family-traditions/chinese-new-year-at-home-dumplings-and-decorations/
Lisa Buchman February 12, 2013 at 04:39 AM
Hi Joshua, Sharon's blog is listed under our Local Voices section—which includes local writers' expertise, interests and perspectives on everything from cooking, to parenting, to politics, business and the Pope's resignation. You'll find the news posted alongside these opinion pieces—tune in to what you like. Thanks.
joshua tanner February 12, 2013 at 08:31 AM
Thanks - I just don't know what the point is reading how to prepare for something that happened on Sunday on the following Monday. I go to news section and there is an article about a marketing seminar in Woodcliff NJ. Its like there are some token news articles (about things that are often in the Peekskill Daily the day before) and then all kinds of tangential things that are filler. I could be wrong but it seems like there has been more filler and less relevant local stuff. I wont see a local basketball score but I read about seminars in NJ and articles about prepping for holidays that are over. I mean its all free so its not a big deal but it just seems like there is more marginalia and filler. I used to link articles from here in other forums and thats been happening a lot less and not by choice
Sharon Rowley February 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM
Hi Joshua- I completely understand if this post isn't for you.... you are correct in that it is certainly not a news-driven post. However, I do want to point out that Chinese New Year is a 15 day holiday so the post is timely and relevant to those of us that celebrate this important tradition. This years it runs 2/10-2/24.
joy February 12, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Enjoyed this - thanks!

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