Here is a fun craft you can do with your kids to get them excited about Christmas. Often, when Chinese people wish each other a happy holiday, they insert a wish for that person. For example, “新年快樂，年年有餘 / Happy New Year, may you have abundance year after year!” I made a card that embodies that idea of leaving a wish for someone, because what speaks more to Christmas than looking outside yourself and thinking of others.
Here is the PDF file to the free printable of this pop-up present Chinese Christmas card. Before you print this out, make sure to read the instructions below.
- First, print out the printable on 2 separate sheets. That is because you will glue them back to back at the very end.
- Color and customize. I made the Chinese characters faded out so children can trace them.
- Cut along the heavy dotted lines. You may have to fold the top and bottom of the present box so it can pop out properly.
- Insert your wish for that person into the present. I left one blank because who knows what creative wish your kid will come up with.
- Glue the papers back to back.
- Give to someone you love, or use it as a display.
In all the displacement and adjustment that has gone on this year, I grateful for the simple traditions that come with the holidays that help retain some of the rhythms of life. Wish you and yours a merry Christmas!