Gift books

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

(ya­su­ishu)

Tra­di­tion­ally, Chi­nese people give newly printed cur­rency notes as gift money, or ya­suiqian, to chil­dren dur­ing the Lu­nar New Year. And most of chil­dren don’t seem in­ter­ested in any gift other than cash be­cause most of them are ma­te­ri­ally sat­is­fied thanks to the ris­ing in­comes of their par­ents. There­fore, it is im­por­tant for par­ents to teach their chil­dren how to wisely spend the money they get from rel­a­tives (which in many cases can be big sums for chil­dren) dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val.

For­tu­nately, people to­day can choose from some other things to gift chil­dren. In fact, a grow­ing num­ber of people have started gift­ing chil­dren gift book(s), or ya­su­ishu, a healthy, eco­nomic and prag­matic choice, which most par­ents have ap­pre­ci­ated.

The ris­ing prac­tice of gift­ing books has once again made gift giv­ing a plea­sure dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val. Books are a source of knowl­edge and can in­cul­cate among chil­dren the habit of read­ing. Books can also make chil­dren re­al­ize that knowl­edge is more valu­able than money. Plus, books can stay with us for life and keep re­mind­ing us of the true value of gifts.

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