I shop just once a year during Chinese New Year and then we wear the clothing throughout the whole year. It helps me to save money and at the same time it creates excitement and a festive feeling for the kids. Since I shop just once a year, I can also have the excuse of picking up good quality clothing that may cost a bit more since we have to wear them all year round. The only disadvantage about doing this is the clothing price is higher during this peak season as some, like me will shop around this time.
I decided to do this, after my sister who shops all round the year told me that to her kids, Chinese New Year is nothing special because they have new clothes all the time. I want my kids to feel the same kind of excitement I felt as a child during CNY. So to me they should have new clothes during this time and not throughout the year. As children they outgrow their clothes very quickly so we will definitely need to buy them some so why not do it for Chinese New Year. Of course, we have to be careful to choose those that they can grow into and not out of quickly.
As a child, we always had new clothes during Chinese New Year and we will wear them on the first two days of Chinese New Year at least. Some of my more traditional aunties even have new clothes for each of the 15 days of Chinese New Year! Amazing! For us, we just target the first few days and we will usually buy mix and match outfits that we can pair with to create new looks.
We even had new sleepwear which we will wear after busy cleaning up house on the eve of Chinese New Year before having a good shower to wash away the old year. So I always buy new pyjamas for my kids and they love changing into them on the eve of Chinese New Year. They change into them, receive angpows from mummy and daddy and then they get to stay up late to welcome the New Year with the sounds of firecrackers and fireworks all around. So exciting. On the first morning of Chinese New Year, the kids will get bundled into their new clothes and shoes. Oh, how they love it!
This year we also got new cushion covers and table cloths, all in the bright auspicious colour – red. Tradition is very much alive in my house even though we celebrate in a really small scale.
So true. My kids are the lucky ones..their aunts buy them new cloths on their birthday, christmas and Chinese New year and whenever they travel. The kids are not very excited about having new cloths for CNY, unlike when I was young, everyday before CNY, I would be looking and trying out the new dresses and counting down to CNY so that I can really wear them.
I do the same with cookies. They are banned until CNY so the kids are counting down everyday now. hahaha. You can do the same if the kids are not excited about clothes. I am sure cookies will excite them.
Oh… I totally like the way you bring up your kids! Good job mummy. All the excitement…
I am excited too… We plan to hang up our homemade decorations on Monday. The kids can’t wait.
Me too, only do ‘most of the shopping’ once a year like you and guess what, it makes the shopping experience extra special 🙂 Guess that we are all in the shopping and cny mood now 🙂
Happy cny to you in advance!
Happy CNY to you in advance too. 🙂
wow i never buy new sleepwear every year. i’m still wearing the same old t-shirt and shorts 😀 Gong Xi Gong Xi to you and your family 🙂
Not for me, only the kids though this year I may need one since its torn. Hahaha.