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Chinese Chopsticks

Chopstick sets have evolved from the twigs they once were.  They originated in China over 5,000 years ago. Chopsticks were part of survival. Early Chinese people would use twigs to retrieve food from fire pits. Eventually, these twigs made their way to the table.

Chinese scholar, Confucius helped make Chinese chopsticks more prevalent. As a vegetarian, he disapproved of having knives at the table. He said that it was cruel and reminded people of slaughter houses. His disdain for knives made eating with wood more popular.  The love and respect the Chinese people had for Confucius helped spread the use of chopstick sets.

By 500 A.D., chopsticks spread through the rest of Asia. The shape and materials were adopted to fit the needs of each culture. Chinese chopsticks are 9 to 10 inches long with blunt ends, usually made of wood. Japanese chopsticks have narrow tips and are made of bamboo and are a bit shorter (7-8 inches).

Now, chopsticks have gained popularity all over the world. They are used to help people control the amount of food eaten since chopsticks pick up smaller bits of food. It also helps people slow down during meals.  Chopsticks are also no longer just made of wood. AJ Panda has an inventory of plastic, metal, and wooden chopsticks. They are ornate and beautiful and available in a variety of colors and styles to match a home’s décor.

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So many couples struggle with having children. You can read books, go to doctors, and do everything right. But sometimes all you need is just a dose of good ol’ fashioned good luck. Family and friends can help by giving symbols of good luck and fertility…like Chinese chopsticks, jade jewelry, and dragon inspired gifts.

Chopstick Gift Sets
Language is always interesting. What something means in one language, can mean something completely different in another. For instance, the word chopsticks in Chinese is actually translated into “many sons.” For this reason, chopsticks are very lucky, especially for a young Chinese couple. With the Chinese New Year fast approaching and family and friends are shopping for just the perfect gift for a young couple, you may want to consider chopstick sets. Something as simple and ordinary (in the Chinese culture that is) as Zhu (chopsticks in Chinese) can be a lucky fertility symbol.  When given chopstick sets, a young couple takes that as good luck that they’ll have a boy.

Jade
Jade is more than just a beautiful natural stone. When jade is given as a gift to a young woman, it can be a symbol of good luck and fertility. Earrings, pendants, bracelets and even rings help give that special young lady an extra dose of luck in hopes of carrying a healthy baby. AJ Panda has a simple and beautiful Chinese jade necklace that would be the perfect gift for a woman hoping to get pregnant. JaChinese New Year Diaper Bagde and pearl earrings are also an option if she likes to dress up.

Dragon
The dragon is another symbol of luck and fertility. And with 2012 being the year of the water dragon, you can find all sorts of beautiful gifts depicting the dragon. Give a Chinese dragon while the young lady you know is trying to get pregnant for extra good luck. A popular option is the Chinese Zodiac Dragon Pendant.  She can wear it all day to bring her fertility.  For the lucky lady already pregnant and giving birth in 2012, the dragon diaper bag is a great gift idea for either Chinese New Year or a baby shower.

If you do know a young lady needing a little love and luck to help her start a family, give a little extra luck. It may seem a little unconventional, but Chinese chopstick sets may just be the extra luck needed. Whether you get chopsticks, jade, or something to commemorate the dragon as a Chinese New Year gift, it will be very much appreciated.

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