Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New Year card (year-end, new year tradition part1)

(posted; Japanese culture page)
Hello friends; I hope your Christmas with your family is (or was) a merry and blessed one♡♡♡   Personally, I just had sweet cake with my husband last night(^^;)  Before Christmas we've been busy visiting niece who gave birth a baby boy (she doesn't want her baby to be featured) and had soba guests.

*Another disappearing tradition?*
As I posted last year, I'd like to introduce you some of our year-end and new-year traditions. We normally send new year's cards not Christmas cards we exchange. Mainly to the relatives and friends and colleagues and so on. According to the Oriental Zodiac, next year is the year of the snake. So you can see the Chinese Character "巳" describing snake in the first card below. TV news is announcing that many young people do this greeting through mobile-phone or PC, setting that the message will be reached at the new year day. My husband calls himself "analog person" and doesn't even buy these printed ones. It sure was a big job this year as well. However, the idea through technology doesn't come to my mind, hehe.

pics are  from this page

According to the characteristics analysis from this page, you can see in what year you were born and check yours.  By the by, I was born in the sheep year, p;)
Anyway, it says that people who were born in the year of snake are deep thinkers, speak very little and possess tremendous wisdom. They are fortunate in money matters and will always be able to obtain it. They are determined in what they do and hate to fail."
Whum, my late brother was born in snake year and close to this characteristics; expect money matters, haha.



  1. I know what you mean, my dear friend Miyako. Our Christmas cards here seem to be going by the wayside more and more. It is kind of sad, when these old traditions don't have as much meaning for the young people. Since we are leaving soon to go out of town, I want to wish you the Happiest of New Years, now! Love and hugs, also-

  2. Według analizy charakterystyk jestem Ox (ushi ) i podoba mi się to. Miłych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia. Pozdrawiam.
    According to the analysis of the characteristics I Ox (ushi) and I like it. Nice Christmas. Yours.

  3. ♡♡ ✿ °•.¸


    Cheio de paz, saúde e muitas alegrias.


  4. the cards are beautiful! i was born in the year of the rabbit. :)

  5. Dearest Miyako,
    Great insight into the Japanese Zodiac.
    I am also a rabit...
    Hugs to you,

  6. I was born in the year of the tiger.......although the describtion doesn't sound like me.......lol

    Hope your Christmas has been everything you want it to be

  7. It looks like I an an ox - although it doesn't sound in the least like me. Maybe it is deeply hidden inside somewhere, lol.
    Your cards are lovely.

  8. I was born in the year of the horse. The part about being impatient sounds like me.
    Pretty cards.

  9. Sweet cake for Christmas sounds great! I didn't eat cake...I was too full with dinner :-)
    Next year will be Hebi-doshi! These cards with Hebi are very cute! I am Ushi-doshi umare myself. I hope the next year will be great year for you, Miyako san!

  10. Dear Miyako, This is so interesting! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, my Dear, and wishing you a fabulous Year of the Snake! (I was born in the Year of the Rooster, ;^)

  11. Dearest Miyako,

    wishing you a great and Happy New Year of snake
    me under year monkey;)
    my tradition quite similar like yours
    very nice card.
    Have a nice days to you my dear Miyako

  12. wonderful post and photos my dear friend!!!!
    i think i'm a horse(1954).
    sending you wishes for a wonderful New Year!