31 December 2012

My New Year's Swap

Ever since Baby Whimsy was born, December has been my busiest month of the year. With Baby Whimsy's birthday, Christmas, shopping, and our annual trip to visit family, I am beyond busy. I can barely enjoy books in December. Let alone reflect, finish my reviews, and prepare for the New Year. As a family, we don't get time to just sit, decorate, and be the Whimsys in our own sweet casita (home). I'm not complaining. I love our extended families and I love that spending time with them is our priority at Christmas. But I have decided that from this point forward the Whimsys will honor the Chinese New Year. We will use January to reflect, give thanks, and prepare for the New Year. I'm even thinking we will decorate with red lanterns, put out mandarins, and eat Chinese food. I'm not Chinese. I'm not even close. (100% Hispanic actually) But I need this. Plus, I'm thinking it will be an awesome family tradition and way to expose our daughter to another culture. So over the next month I will wrap up my 2012 reviews and talk about my findings and favorites. Tonight we shall dine on steak and wine and I will breath easier knowing Tales of Whimsy and I have a little more time.

Are you ready for the New Year? Are you doing anything special?

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  1. Sounds like a great idea! I'll be watching football tonight.

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  2. That sounds like a great idea! And actually much of the Asian cultures (not just Chinese) celebrate the Chinese New Year so that really is a good way to introduce another culture.

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    1. Oh cool! Thank you for telling me that. I was wondering about that.

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  3. Creative and educational; I like it. We should all embrace such occasions as an opportunity to learn, teach, and be merry! Wishing you and yours well this New Years!

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    1. Yes! Absolutely! Well said darling!

      Thank you so much.
      A very very Happy New Year to you too!

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  4. Ooh, SUCH a cute idea. I like it. A lot. ;0)

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  5. Excellent idea and it will mean more to you and your family.
    Have a lovely evening and I'll save my wishes for next month :)

    and no special plans in my house. We just had a nice dinner at home, and will quietly spend the evening at home with a nice bottle of wine.

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    1. Exactly :)

      Thank you darling.

      Nothing like a good bottle of wine I say ;)

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  6. I think your idea a lovely one. Live on.

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  7. What a fantastic idea! All my best wishes to the Whimsy's for a happy, happy New Year.

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    1. Thank you sugar!

      I hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year too!

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  8. Oh my goodness you really do have a busy December! I hope Baby Whimsy had a fun birthday and that the Whimsy family had an amazing Christmas!
    I LOVE that you'll be celebrating the Chinese New Year! I bet your daughter will love all the pretty lanterns!
    Happy 2013 Juju! :)

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    1. She soooo did. And Christmas was awesome too.

      Yes! I bet she will! :) Thank you doll! A Happy 2013 to you too.
      *hugs*

      PS I'm so glad you're back Katie. I missed you.

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  9. Wow that sounds like an excellent idea, Juju! Festive and significant. I wish I could say I have more plans, but I merely intend to do my manicure, and watch the ball drop :-). I hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year!

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    1. Hey! Good for you! I need a mani myself.

      Thank you :) I wish you a super Happy New year!

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  10. That really sounds like fun! If you decorate post pictures! I know of some fun arts and crafts for Chinese New Year! :) One you can make your own lantern! It might be fun way to decorate for the Holiday? I think baby whimsy is to little at this point, right? I used to teach Pre-K art classes so it was a fun and easy lesson for them!
    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/chinesenewyear/lantern/

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    1. Thanks :)

      OMG I love that link.
      Brilliant!
      I have to try it!

      Baby Whimsy is only a year old at this point but I love the idea of getting her into the crafts next year.

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    2. Aww, definitely too little then! I did the craft with 3/4/5 years old and it worked well, I did a bit of preparation though in that I made the lines for them to cut! With 1st grade they can do the lines themselves I found :) I think crafts are great for little kids, they love them and they are easy to do!

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    3. O smart! I'm SO taking mental notes right now. Thank you :)

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  11. that sounds like a blast. We are doing a BBQ and movies. Yes I plan on taking my time with books and just enjoying the wonderful community of my fellow book lovers. Have a wonderful new year

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    1. Oh fun! What movies? :)

      Thank you.

      You have a fantastic new year too!

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  12. what a perfect idea! tonight I am laying in bed watching tv and playing on the computer....very relaxing night! Hope your New Year is wonderful!

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    1. Good for you!

      We drank wine and watched most of The Raven.
      It's reallly quite good.

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  13. i think you'll love it. i love following the customs of the chinese new year. they have some wonderful practices. i'm african american and started doing that about 3 years ago and continue today. do it! you'll feel good!http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Yay! A kindred spirit! Thank you for the support! Do you do anything special?

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  14. It's a great idea! Have fun and enjoy! :)
    Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! (until the Chinese one, that is!)
    xxx

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  15. Happy New Year beautiful!!

    Looking forward to hearing what you're up to with your Chinese new year! :)

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  16. Happy New Year, Juju, to you and the Whimsy family!

    I love your idea of celebrating Chinese New Year! In fact, what a perfect way to reconfirm resolutions and reflect on our blessings. You can never do that too often, IMO.

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    1. Thank you sug! A very Happy New Year to your family too :)

      Yes! YES!

      True that!

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  17. The best idea ever! I just may be your first copy catter! Enjoy dinner!

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  18. dinner sounded divine, so sorry I couldn't make it :) Hope 2013 will have you reading muchly and enjoying your babe :)

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    1. ;)
      Thank you sweetie.
      I hope 2013 turns out to be a big hit for you too!

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  19. What an awesome idea...:) I really know nothing about the Chinese culture but would love to learn more, cant wait to hear about your findings....:D

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  20. Wow- what a really cool, unique idea. I wish you the best with starting that new family tradition. It sounds AWESOME!

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  21. Starting to expose my little ones(and myself) to other cultures is a big goal of mine this year! This is such a great idea!! I love it. :)

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  22. That's a really cool idea! Wishing you and your family well in the new month and new year! :)

    ~Amber

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    1. Thanks sweetie. A very Happy New Year to you too!

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  23. I love your idea! I think everyone should do it! December is too hectic and we need a quiet month just to relax, focus and be ready for the year!

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  24. Wow, I love the idea of adopting the Chinese New Year!

    Hope things are much calmer now and you have time to relax with your family and read and blog and all that other fun stuff. :)

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  25. 100% agree and what a fabulous idea. Can't wait to see all that January brings to Tales of Whimsy and here's to you and the Whimsy clan on time well spent together. ^_^

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  26. That's a wonderful idea. You can never go wrong with embracing another culture and introducing yourself to new ideas.

    Hope you had a lovely New Year's Day! Hopefully 2013 will a fabulous year for everyone :)

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  27. This is a great idea! December is definitely busy enough, it makes sense to share the holiday love with another month :)

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  28. What a wonderful idea! A great way to make things less rushed, that's for sure. Happy New Year AND Chinese New Year, Juju!

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    1. Yes! :)

      You're the cutest. A very Happy New Year and Chinese Lunar New Year to you too :)

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  29. I think that idea is brilliant! Plus the more exposure children have to other cultures the better:)

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  30. I think that is a nice idea to take your time with your wrap ups, and to chill out and expose Baby Whimsy to different things. Chinese food actually sounds good right about now!

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    1. Thanks :)

      Right?
      I had some on the 1st just to kick off everything the right way ;)

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  31. sounds like a wonderful idea! it's always fun to start new family traditions! Happy New Year!

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  32. This sounds like a really fun idea! You should post pics of the lanterns and such! :)

    I hope you're not planing on shutting down Tales of Whimsy are you?!

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    1. Will do (share pics) :)

      And noooo I love Tales too much :)

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  33. I hear you on December being just... too much! My birthday is in the week between Christmas and New Year's, and even if those two weren't enough, I'm urged to celebrate and plan even more. Love your idea of celebrating Chinese New Year - it sounds wonderful!

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    1. Yes! December birthdays change it all.
      As an adult, I'm sure Baby Whimsy will love it.
      But for a mama, it's tough.

      Thank you :)

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  34. That is a great idea! What a fun new tradition for your family. I agree. The whole holiday season just seems to pass in one big clump. It would be nice to spread it out a little more.
    I hope you have a marvelous NEW Year! :)
    ~Liz



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    1. Yes! A clump indeed.

      Thank you sugar.
      To you too.

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  35. Looking forward to all the wrapping up - it will totally help me catch up on what I missed while I was on a blog break :) And yay for new family traditions! Love the idea.

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    1. Yay :) Thank you! It's nice when someone says they're looking forward to what you have to say.

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  36. 100% Hispanic ?? :D I'm Mexican and lived there most of my life! :))

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    1. Right on! :) My mama is Cuban and my dad was Colombian (he passed away a few years ago).

      :)

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  37. I celebrate Chinese New Year and I'm not Asian either! I prefer it to regular New Yrs! I'm from Hawaii, so I grew up with a heavy Asian influence. So excited that it's coming up, I have big plans!

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    1. Yay! *high five*

      I can't wait to see what you have in store.

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