Before New Year's Eve The celebration actually starts on New Year's Eve with the family reunion dinner. By New Year's Eve, you should have done the following： Clean the entire home to get rid of all the things that are associated with the old year. Put away all brooms and brushes. Pay all your debts. Resolve differences with family members, friends, neighbors and business associates. Buy the following： Red money envelopes, Oranges and/or tangerines, Fill a “Cheun hup(a circular red tray separated in eight compartments) with melon seedslotuschocolate coinsnuts etc. Flowers (especially plum blossoms, peach blossoms, water lilies), A new set of clothes and shoes for children, preferably something red or orange. Get new dollar bills from the bank. Insert the new dollar bills into the red envelopes. Now the red envelope is called a lai see or lucky money envelope. On New Year's Eve Get together with close family members (not including married daughters and their families) for the “reunion” dinner. Pay respect to ancestors and household gods. Acknowledge the presence of ancestors because they are responsible for the fortunes of future generations. Open every door and window in your home at midnight to let go of the old year. On New Year's Day Decorate your home with symbols of good fortune. Here are some suggestions： Colors： Bright red (happiness); gold/orange (wealth & happiness)。 Fruits： Oranges and tangerines (good health & long life); tangerines with leaves intact (long lasting relationships; being fruitful and multiply); persimmons (happiness and wealth “Chuen Hup” circular candy tray (candy for sweet and circular for togetherness and continuity)。 Flowers： If flowers bloom on New Year's Day, it will be a prosperous year. Red banners or couplets with New Year wishes and symbols of good forttune in gold
Where There Is Life, There Is Hope
When I was in the 8th grade in Ohio, a girl named Helen in my class had a terrible accident. As she was running to the bus in order not to miss it, she slipped on some ice and fell under the rear wheels of the bus. She survived the accident, but was paralyzed from the waist down. I went to see her, in my 13yearold mind thinking she wouldn’t live normally from then on.
Over the years, I moved and didn’t think much about Helen after that. Three years ago, in Florida, my oldest son was hit by a car while riding his bike, causing a terrible brain injury. While I was looking after my son, a lady who said she was the hospital’s social worker called. It was a particularly trying day. I burst into tears for no reason and hung up.
A short time later, a beautiful woman, in a wheelchair, rolled into my son’s room with a box of tissues. After 16 years, I still recognized Helen. She smiled, handed me the tissues and hugged me. I told her who I was, and after we both got through the shock of that, she began to tell me about her life since we last saw each other. She had married, had children and gotten her degree so that she could smooth the path for those less fortunate than her. She told me that if there was anything she could give me, it would be hope.
Looking at this wonderful, giving person, I felt small. But I also felt the first hope I had felt since learning that my son was hurt. From this person that I thought would have no quality of life, I learned that where there is life, there is hope. My son miraculously recovered and we moved back north, but I owe Helen a debt that I can never repay.
呵呵 要我看来啊 在网上求人帮自己写作文的都是懒人。。但是我还是帮你了，不过先声明 我字书必然不够。你也别强求，我给你带头了一部分，剩下的 应该自己试试了吧？废话不多说，先读读，看你中意不中意？PS:（先读中文可能会好些)
I LOVE SINGING
Whenever people talk about songs, particularly 'english song', I'll automatically extend my ears and join in. Everyone learns English at school, but not everyone loves singing. In fact, there's a significant connection between learning English and singing English songs. By listening to English songs, you may clearly understand 'what a beautiful language 'English' is!'. That's right, English is a romantic and beautiful language, if you want to become good at it, you have to 'appreciate' it first! Languages have many ways to express themselves to people, we may speak them, write them and sing them. The lyrics composed by people are also unique and different from the everyday English we learn at school. It is another understanding and feeling of the meaning of English. They're sending us messages through music to make us enjoy it, and the tune, style are different from the pop songs we sing at school. it's a new try and feeling!
English songs are like poems, they smartly arrange themselves like music notes. They're easy to understand and learn, through English songs, we can learn with no boredom and difficulties; we can read them delightfully with music. This is the big point that I enjoy learning English.
English songs doesn't give you the feeling of hardness, it gives a feeling of simpleness and a relief. You'll accept it with no pressures and enjoy it.
I LOVE ENGLISH SONGS