Last night I stayed up until after midnight so we could knock on my mother’s door and be welcomed in as the first guests of the New Year. My sister was chosen to walk into the house first based on her horoscope. Apparently this is a year of hardship for my sign, the Cat (Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac) but I will overcome. This New Year’s is especially significant because after my wedding last year, I’m officially grown up and have the responsibility of handing out lucky red envelopes along with blessings.
It’s not about the money so much as passing along wishes of fortune and happiness and good health. There’s all sorts of envelopes now – gold foil and cartoon characters. Among my family a new tradition is emerging — lottery tickets instead of cash. I’m an old fashioned girl though, I went with the traditional red and gold envelopes and a crispy bill inside for all.
I did get one blessing that my writing would take off. The rest was for prosperity and children. I tried to assure my husband that’s the standard blessing for married couples and NOT an attempt to put the pressure on.
So Happy New Year to all! May you have all that you desire.