Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year. It is traditionally spent at the father's parents house, but in my host family the father's parents live with them. Therefore, we did not visit anyone else's house.
On Chinese New Year's Eve, people set off fireworks and firecrackers sporadically all day long. At midnight, there was a whole hour of nonstop fireworks and firecrackers. People stay up until midnight and watch the Chinese New Year Gala on television. (which is just a really weirdly translated way to say they watch a special tv program dedicated to showing the different celebrations around China in dances, skits, and songs that lasts until midnight).
The past few days I switched host families, went skiing, and made more dumplings. The new host family is very nice, but also quite different from the last. Their house is not as new as the old family's house, so I definitely know how spoiled I am as an American. The new family lives on the 6th floor of an apartment building that does not have an elevator, but it is good exercise! I really enjoyed skiing. Although, I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had actually understood what the coach was trying to explain to me, but I eventually figured it out and really enjoyed it! The dumplings were my favorite part so far! This time the dumplings had sheep meet in them. We then had the left over dumplings for breakfast and fried the rest for lunch. It was delicious and sadly there are no more dumplings to eat for dinner!