New Clothes for New Year's Day

Today marks Seollal, Lunar New Year, in Korea. We've celebrated this every year since Spencer has come home, incorporating pieces of his Korean culture, as well as some of the traditions associated with the holiday. This includes showing Spencer the traditional bow (sae bae) and eating tteokguk (rice cake soup). This year was extra special since we were also able to incorporate the tradition of new clothes for new year's day. After Spencer's growth spurt at the end of last year, it became obvious his hanbok wasn't going to fit for much longer. It fits now, although he claims "too tight!" every time we try it on. As exciting as his growth spurt was, this saddened all of us. His hanbok was a gift from his Foster Mother, and Spencer tells everyone about how it came home with him from Korea. He knows exactly who gave it to him, and how special it is. A couple of years ago, our friend Sue had posted about how she hung her son's hanbok as artwork in her home. Inspired by this, we chose to do the same thing. So Spencer donned the hanbok one last time...

... and then he helped pick out a spot for it to hang in our home. (I'm still working on that, photos will be posted though!)

So, now we had to find a new hanbok for Spencer. Luckily, Sue and her family were headed over to Korea to bring home their second son, and were willing to take on "Mission Impossible" - finding Spencer a new hanbok. They blew us away with what they chose... and we are so, so grateful! It means so much that our friends were the ones to choose his new clothes for new year's.  Now Spencer owns two hanboks, both with a special history.

Today, Spencer will wear his new clothes to school, where he and I will talk about Seollal, share a Korean snack with his class, and color dragon masks. I'm not sure who is more excited!

Happy Lunar New Year! 새해 복 많이 받으세요!