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Our Little Dragon's Dol

By Kristineduffey @GeminiWriter81
Our Little Dragon's Dol Our little dragon turned 1 and we had a big birthday party. We had lots of family and friends join us in the celebration. Our son’s first birthday was a wonderful event. We Celebrated his Dol. It was a wonderful first birthday. I designed and put together most of the decoration with the help of my husband and my mom.  A couple of items were ordered from Etsy and my mom made the Dum Dum topiaries. We put in a lot of work and it was totally worth it. Our son’s first birthday party was a success.  Our Little Dragon's Dol

My mother-in-law cooked a big Korean meal. She made both vegetarian and meat dishes to accommodate all of our guests. I made cute little tags so our guests knew what they were having. She made Bulgogi (both beef and spicy pork). We had shrimp lo mein, vegetarian and meat yaki mandu, Crab Rangoon and Cheese Rangoon, chicken wings, and rice. Our Little Dragon's Dol My mother in law also made this beautiful watermelon basket for fruit. Our Little Dragon's Dol There was plenty of fruit and vegetables for our guests.
Our Little Dragon's Dol The big event at a Doljanchi is the Dol. I’m not Korean but my son is a quarter Korean and my husband is half. I thought it was important to have this celebration in honor of my husband’s family and heritage. I’m not sure it was the most traditional but it was interesting and fun. It was a lot like our son, a fusion of many traditions from both sides of his family.
Our Little Dragon's Dol
We dressed our son up in his traditional clothing that his grandma purchased for him and took some pictures. Our Little Dragon's Dol
Our guests were given tickets so they could bet on the item(s) he would choose. We set up a Doljabi board that explained what the choices were. I picked up the baskets set up to collect the tickets at The Dollar Tree. I posted a description of the tradition at the table for the guests, since most of them were not Korean.  Our Little Dragon's Dol We laid out the items on the floor for our son to choose from.  Our Little Dragon's Dol I may have taken a little artistic license with the items and broadened their scope, but I didn't want the hem in out little Dragon. 

  • Book = Scholar
  • Stethoscope = Scientist
  • Paint set = Artist
  • Gavel =  Law
  • Yarn = Long Life
  • Ball = Athlete
  • Money = Wealth
Our Little Dragon's Dol We also let him choose 2 items. Not one to fall back on, but 2 great interests. He chose the gavel first and then the paint set. We might end up with an artistic lawyer. Who knows?

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