Sunday, January 3, 2010

Some New Year’s Day Traditions

On New Year’s Day, we went to my in-laws, and the toddler wore his traditional Korean outfit, called hanbok.

He got the hanbok when he turned one and it was WAY too big then. Even now, more than a year later, it’s still quite big. He had fun putting it on and kept on saying how nice it was. However, he wasn’t really in the mood to wear the head piece or to pose for pictures…

And yes, the toddler is in desperate need of a haircut… The other day someone asked me how old she was…

Here hubby and the toddler are bowing to the toddler’s grandparents to wish them a happy new year, which is a tradition on New Year’s day.

And we ate Korean rice cake soup, duk gook, which is also traditional. This soup was prepared my my mother-in-law. I make my own, not so traditional version. I plan on featuring it on the blog soon…

Questions: What did you do on New Year’s Day? Does your family have any New Year’s Day traditions?

Be well,


  1. I love his hair!!!

    We hung out in our pj's, trying to keep our eyes open, and had my parents and Gram over for some "good luck" dishes and games!

    Looking forward to your soup recipe - love that the toddler is so willing to try different foods. You are doing such a great job introducing healthy and nourishing meals to him instead of falling into the chicken nuggets and fries trap (I have been totally guilty of that!) :)

  2. Awww, he looks adorable, long hair and big clothes and all! We slept in on new years day and then went into town for dinner. It was a gorgeous night and we made a quick walk down the beach before enjoying a nice Italian meal.

  3. I love seeing what other's do for holiday traditions. We don't have any New Year traditions, except for me getting all "nesty" and organized and my new year's to do list

    JJ's hair is getting long and he definitely gets his girlie on ...I am hoping his camo pants and ac/dc shirts help boy him up a bit. haha
    I am letting him stay long haired till his bday in Feb!

  4. Anonymous1/03/2010

    Oh my goodness, I love that the hanbok on the toddler! Soooo cute :)

    Our family does the whole sae-bae and dduk-gook thing too! So much fun because I have 20 people on my mom's side and about 20 people on my dad's side. We hear lots of great things we should work on during the new year (i.e. live life for each day, put your all into everything you do, cheers to good health, etc.)

  5. Oh I love your boy's long hair. So Cute! We don't have any specific traditions...usually just recovering from a sleep deprived night and chowin' down on some good food.

  6. How wonderful that you keep these traditions alive. He is so blessed to have all these rich influences from various cultures. We don't have any traditions for New Years but after seeing these pictures, perhaps I need to think about that absence and consider beginning one or two.

  7. Your boy is sooo cute! Thanks for sharing some traditions, it's very cool to see. :)

  8. Anonymous1/03/2010

    oh my gosh - he looks adorable in his hanbok!!

  9. I love the pictures! :)

  10. Awwww, she, I mean HE is so cute. haha, jk. I don't even think he looks like a girl with that hair, at all! Maybe it's because I know he is a boy? I like it when little kids have long hair :)

    We don't really have any neat New Year's traditions, other than drinking. Does that count? It's pathetic, I know.... Our new year's this year was the most relaxing one we've ever had, and I hope to make THAT a tradition for years to come!

  11. suuuuch a cutie pie :)
    NYDay traditions? yeah, doing vacation laundry. We get home every yr on NYE day and NYD is laundry and mail sort day. Lame, but true :)

  12. I remember being around his age begin fussy over wearing a flower girl dress for a wedding. Oh the memories.

    I don't really have traditions in terms of New Year's celebrations. I just usually like to go to the flow.

  13. OMG! Your son looks adorable!!

    We actually just stayed home on New Year's Day. It was a nice break from all the hussle and bussle of the Holidays:)

  14. Anonymous1/03/2010

    I love the toddler's hair! Don't listen to silly passer-bys! The soup looks delicious! I made black-eyed pea salad, which you saw and we went out for pizza with my in-laws. Nothing too special, and no real traditions outside of food. :)

  15. How sweet is he? What a doll - and his hair is presh and he doesn't at all look like a girl!

    We don't have any traditions and now i'm like what is wrong with us?! haha :)

  16. He looks so great in that outfit. I love how colourful it is!

    We don't have New Year's Day traditions but it usually is another day to spend together as a family. This year we had the turkey dinner we didn't have over Christmas.

  17. Your son is so adorable! I love that you are able to pass on such a great cultural tradition!