We kids were very happy during the Chinese New Year since this was the only time we would not have homework from school. I went to a year round school and we always had homework whenever we had long school breaks. We loved Chinese New Year break because we never needed to look at our text books and stayed up as long as we wanted. Most of all, we got to eat whatever sweet snacks we wanted from the table and never got scolded from our parents. During these days, the movie theater was one of the most busiest places. Most families would take their kids to the movies because this was the most relaxing time since most Chinese worked all year long even on the weekends. Kids would play with fire crackers and games on the street. Here in the America, I tried showing the traditions to my kids through the food I made and stories I told them so that they could understand some of the traditions of the Chinese culture.
Red is the color for good luck. When friends and relatives visit us with bag of gifts, a red envelope, some oranges and tangerines are also included. Red envelopes were also given to the kids．This is a tray of sweet snacks we usually served to friends and relatives with a pot of fresh brewed tea. My little daughter loves to put all the New Year snacks in this Chinese serving box that also plays music when you turn it on:
Traditional snacks like peanuts, candies, melon seeds, cookies.
I bought these flowers from the Flower fair to decorate the house:
Close up view of the flower and little hanging decorative item on the mirror (these are new):