The reason being, we will be very busy with our yearly ritual, that is round-the-clock construction of the Great wall of China on the square table :p
Mahjong plays a very big role on this auspicious holiday in this family because this is the only time in the year that we find ourselves together with free time to play this game. In a way, this actually makes the game so much more appealing and eagerly awaited.
Our stake is so meager that it is embarrassing to play with anyone other than the family (can be winning the whole day and still can't earn enough to cover the cost of a decent meal!). Definitely no inflation here. I don't think it is going to be any different this year. It is more a game for the family to gather around to catch up with one another and share the past year's happenings as we don't get to see each other that often during the year.
We always start on new year's eve immediately after the reunion dinner to get re-acquainted as we tend to forget the game after not playing for a year.
So here I am, taking the bricks out to dust and clean, preparing for the opening act.
Hello, familiar faces. Good to see you and so glad to be together again.
With these, let us wish you and your family loads of good health, wealth and harmony
plus all of these...
Gong Xi Fa Cai (Congratulations and be prosperous )
Sui Sui Ping An (Peace year after year)
Nian Nian You Yee (surpluses and bountiful harvests yearly)