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"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Simple Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year's

Katie decorates with paper lanterns we all made.
These lanterns are so easy to make. Use a piece of paper -construction paper, origami paper, cardstock or heavy gift wrap are good choices of approximately 8.5" x 11" in size. Fold the piece of paper in half, lengthwise, making sure you line up all the edges. If your paper has a 'right' and 'wrong' side, you will want to make sure the wrong side (the side that will be on the inside of your lantern) facing out at this point. Draw a line along the open, long edge, of the paper, about 3/4" of an inch from the edge. Now, take your scissors and, starting at the folded edge, cut a strip from the folded edge up to the line you drew. Make the first strip about 3/4" away from one of the short edges and continue to cut several strips along the piece of paper. Once all your strips are cut, you should unfold your piece of paper and refold it lengthwise so the pencil mark will be hidden on the inside. If desired, you can now color or embellish the outside of the lantern. To assemble the lantern simply roll the paper into a tube shape as shown in the photo above and staple or tape the edges together.

The handle is made from a strip about 3/4 " x 6-7 ". Attach the handle by taping or stapling the ends of the strip of the paper just inside the top of the lantern. Your completed lanterns can be hung up or set on a table for decoration. These lanterns are only for decorative purposes and should not be used near open flames such as candles.


James eats with chopsticks for the first time.
Sam, a veteran at it, eats with them in the background.
You can make your own or just buy take-out.


Quinny paints a Chinese Dragon.
Coloring pages are easy to find on the Internet.
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