Wednesday, January 25, 2012

~*Chinese New Year 2012*~

It is the desire of this mama's heart to honor the different cultures that represent my children. With such a varied array of cultures in our home we do our best!  

I think we have to be very careful, though, as there is a fine line between honoring culture and following the traditions of men.  Many traditions of men are based upon superstitions and stories of old.  

As a Christian mama I found it difficult to lie to my children regarding silly traditions and stories such as Santa Claus, Easter Bunny (seriously, a bunny?), and the Tooth Fairy.

I seriously get this full body shiver when it comes to teeth...once they are out I get all grossed out!  Why on earth would we want to pretend that some magical fairy scoops them up and leaves money?  Am I the only one finding this strange?
Let me make the connection now between magical fairies and the upcoming Chinese* New* Year*.  The traditions of this holiday are based upon superstitions and as a Christian I cannot support that.  

What then can I do to celebrate and honor my children's Chinese* culture without embracing the traditions of men that do not necessarily honor God?  

~Do what *DOES* honor God~  

Since many of the traditions are based upon lore, superstitions and the like what should we do to honor their culture?  

Red Envelopes- Ang Pows: red envelopes containing money given to children, grandparents, and others.  It is acceptable and honorable to give a gift of money to those we love and desire to show our respect to.  If we keep the focus off material wealth and we keep the focus on the love we put into the gift.  (Deuteronomy 8:18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.)

Treasuring Family:  
It is tradition to visit family during the Spring Festival and that tradition is honorable and one that we should continue.  Family is right below the Lord in our priority list and we do all we can to spend time together!

Many of the other traditions are based upon stories and I will tell my children the stories behind the dragon and lions dances, behind the giving of gifts, etc.  We can share the stories with them without making them out to be "real" like most Americans have done with Santa Claus and Easter Wabbit and Creepy Fairy of Teeth!  

So, ~*Happy Chinese New Year*~  

Our schedule this year has been thrown off and we will celebrate with a feast on Friday night...the holiday will last upwards of 15 days in China so we're good still! 

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