I took out two Homer Laughlin dinner plates and two Syracuse China salad plates that I purchased from Fishs Eddy. I placed them on two silk damask runners crossed over each other, and added the lotus bowls that are close to 50 years old and belonged to my mother. The tea cups I purchased also at Fishs Eddy. (They cost more than the plates!)
Oranges are given out during family celebrations for the New Year. These are Sumo mandarins. The sweetness of the fruit symbolizes luck and wealth.
The Lantern Festival follows the New Year on February 24th.
It is customary to give gifts of cash in small red envelopes. I could not find those, so I used pink and red silk bags.
What's on the menu? Whatever you like! I think shrimp dumplings for me.
Wishing all of you a year filled with good health, good fortune, peace, and prosperity, and goals achieved.
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(*) Please keep Kathleen (Cuisine Kathleen), and her family, in your prayers. Her grand nephew has gone to be with the Lord. He was 8 years old.
"True joy results when we become aware of our connectedness to everything."