I met Chrissy Jee of @thedumplingmama on Instagram and I was thrilled to know that she decided to open her own business designing and printing really nice Chinese Red Envelopes. I like to have them on hand. I’ve used them for my son’s 2nd grade China unit as a guest presenter. I don’t know how to speak or write Chinese so the characters always confound me. Chinese Red Envelopes are used for many things besides New Year’s.
Chrissy Jee of The Dumpling Mama
I used her wonderful envelopes for my New Year’s Dumpling Party … a tradition that is now two years old. Everyone is invited to make and eat dumplings on New Year’s Day. We mix our cultures here: the recipe is for Korean dumplings called Mandu; we give out Chinese Red Envelopes even though it’s not Chinese New Year’s; and we fill the envelopes with Japanese candy. I did mention that my kids are 1/4 Chinese, 1/4 Japanese and 1/2 Korean American, didn’t I?!
Today, Chrissy and I are doing a giveaway of her Chinese Red Envelopes and she’s sharing how she uses them at home with her two girls. Chrissy also blogs at The Dumpling Mama about her experience as a Chinese-American mom, with an emphasis on healthy eating and living, designing lucky envelopes, and creating legacy.
Chinese New Year Red Envelope Traditions + The Dumpling Mama Lucky Envelope Giveaway
In our Chinese American family, exchanging red lucky envelopes during Chinese New Year is a way for married couples to wish unmarried family and friends good luck in the coming year. The envelopes are red because the color symbolizes prosperity, good luck and thought to keep away evil spirits.
My 4 and 7 yr old daughters have been receiving red envelopes since they were born. They have learned to say thank you and give me or my husband the envelopes for safe keeping before they run off to play. Once we are home, they have a great time pulling the money out of the envelopes, adding up the money together, then putting it into their own money boxes. We use a money box to symbolize their savings accounts because the physical act of seeing the money put away is much easier for them to begin understanding the concept of saving. Behind the scenes, I match the amount and deposit into their investment accounts.
After I was married, I would buy the red envelopes from stationary shops in Chinatown. I am particular about the quality of paper and design on the envelopes and was always looking for simple designs that were traditional and fun. After years of not finding this, I decided to design my own. It took two years of learning graphic design software, foil printing trial and error, finding the right printer partner, and looking at dozens of paper samples, to open an online shop of simple and cute red lucky envelopes on really nice paper.
The Dumpling Mama Chinese Red Envelope GIVEAWAY!
Win 2 packs of Chinese New Year red lucky envelopes (value $40). Enter by checking out The Dumpling Mama Lucky Envelope shop and commenting on your two favorite designs: Luck, Good Health, or Long Life.
One lucky winner will be randomly chosen; however, everyone who enters the contest will have the opportunity to purchase red envelopes at 20% off when the winner is announced.
Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter!