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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Forever Family Day Gifts

  • Hopefully about 16 more days until referral. I have to say after yesterday's post I felt a little bad because I really was okay, but people got concerned about me and I recieved emails that people were praying for me and even an offer to be taken out to lunch. I really am fine. I was almost laughing all day yesterday because so much has happened in the realm of delays that it is hard to wrap my mind around. I was told the vacations may not affect us and if they do it will just push things into the beginning of September.
    There is a tradition of buying gifts in China and giving one each year to your daughter on your Family Day anniversary to honor her birth culture. Most people shop for 18 of these to last through their daughter's childhood. I only need 16 because two have already been given to me. At my shower my friend Teresa gave me this lovely tea set from Beijing. And then my friend Lisa gave me a jade braclet. She had been given two from her family in Taiwan and was so kind to give one of them to me for Abbey. The following is my list of suggested items for the other 16 gifts. If you have other ideas please post them.
    name chop
    silk umbrella
    squeaky shoes
    silk blanket
    calligraphy of child's name
    province specific items
    artwork - drawing, painting, tapestry
    painted glass
    silk photo album
    traditional clothing
    silk kite
    music CD's
    granite etching


  • At 7:31 AM, Blogger Joannah said…

    That's a great list. I'm going to be a copycat, okay?

  • At 8:09 AM, Blogger M3 said…

    Neat idea - you always post such great information! Thanks!

    Hey if we travel together I won't even need to make a list of all your information - you can just tell me in person. :-)

  • At 3:41 PM, Blogger Rebecca said…

    I love your ideas Christi!

    I was trying to think if there was anything else (as you know, my grandparents went to China many times), but you seem to have it all just about covered. The only other thing that I can think of is a nice game of some sort. My grandparents had a beautiful carved chess set, though I do not think that chess originated in China - just a guess, but maybe some other game from China. I am looking forward to seeing what you find.

  • At 6:34 PM, Blogger Tamara said…

    I think you are doing better then me- I'm NOT happy about this new vacation rumor- but what can you do? I'm pouting!!

  • At 11:30 AM, Blogger 4D said…

    Thanks for that idea! I did not know about that tradition. I am SO filing this away for that day!

    Keep smilin!

  • At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This idea would be something for later on, but I bought handkerchiefs in China for my daughter's wedding day. My oldest is from Hunan, so I bought a white handkerchief with blue Hunan embroidery on it (something blue)..Just something to put on your list of things to get :-)


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