Chinese New Year Decorations

There's a shop a few doors down from us, in the middle of the block. They don't have an American name, but they're easy to spot.

They sell every type of red envelope that you could imagine. I remember when I was a kid, the types of hong bows (red envelopes) that you could get were very limited. Now they make everything from Hello Kitty hong bows to hong bows with your Chinese name. The envelopes vary in price depending on size & quality.

You can also find festive Chinese New Year items like Chinese good lucks signs, paper firecrackers and lion dancer puppets.

I like the paper firecrackers although they make quite a mess. Check it out!