While Christmas is a time for religion, parties, pretty dresses and presents, Chinese New Year is a time for spring cleaning, tradition, family get togethers, and non-stop feasting. Many Chinese families literally hop from one family to another, visiting some relatives whom they see only once a year. We are fortunate that we live within a few hours drive of San Francisco. We thereby take advantage of our proximity to visit when we can, specifically when cultural events take place. Last year we had the opportunity to spend the weekend in Chinatown for the Chinese New Year celebration. For homework, Laoshi Shawn asked that they create a news report to reflect upon their experience.Meili was born in the year of the horse so we are planning to attend the Lunar New Year celebrations in San Francisco again this year. We'll share another post of our adventures soon after we've returned home. I've created a fun little download for you - a year of the horse 红包 (hóngbāo or red envelope). Red envelopes are handed out to younger generations by their parents, grandparents, relatives, and even close neighbors and friends during Chinese New Year. Simply click on the thumbnail and save the image to your computer to print. Until then, 新年好 Happy New Year and may the year of the horse bring lots of good wealth, good health, good food to one and all!