Chinese New Year is fast approaching. This year, the new year falls on January 23rd 2012, and is the year of the Dragon.
Some of you know that before the new year approaches, the house must be clean. For the next 10 days, the house will be in a shamble. Dusting, washing, vacuuming, sweeping, wiping, will all occur. I will go through a lot of Q-tips and toothpicks (in order to get into the nook and cranny of things). In our domain, this type of deep cleaning only happens once a year.
Surprisingly, we have gotten one of our neighbors, who is of Italian descent, to clean house, and to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This reminds me of the phrase, "Keeping up with the Joneses".
We've also notice that we are trying to "one-up" each other. Well, it is not exactly "one-upping" each other, but we seem to set the standard, and people in the cul-de-sac, seem to follow.
One example were the Christmas lights this past Christmas. As soon as we put up ours, our Italian neighbor's kids said, "Our house now looks boring. Let's put up some icicles on the roof". The next week, icicles popped up on their roof.
It's all in good fun and a friendly competition.
Quilt & Bitch