Wifey thought we could dispense with rolling glutinous rice balls (tang yuan) this year due to fact that we got less hands and less mouths (to eat afterwards). She opted for purchasing some ready made ones. Alas, it was not to be. They weren't ready made. One had to order then in advance.
So, dinner over, we're back at the dining table kneading dough and rolling colored "marbles' like we do every year.
Traditionally a year ending get together called winter solstice celebration. Now it's less celebrated but not less in importance.
Over the distance, we remind each other we are still part of a whole. The roundness, the sweetness... Aah...tradition...