I've a strong connection to the Chinese customs and festivals. Maybe it's because when I was a kid my parents used to take me down to Chinatown every week.
To see the landscape change from old to new is really an amazing thing. Sure it makes you feel old, but if you stand in the middle of it all and simply let time pass you by you'll be thankful that you were able to see Chinatown for what it was, now, and hopefully will be.
So with that mind, I'd like to wish everyone Gong Xi Fa Cai! May the year of the Ox bring much fortune to you and your family!
I'm preparing for the Chinese New Year feast tomorrow and for the 2nd day of the New Year. It'll be a good gauge of how well I can manage cooking for a huge group.
God, I love the New Year!