A couple of months before I moved to Korea, my nephew had his first birthday. At that time, my younger brother was living in Korea and sent home some traditional Korean clothes for my nephew to wear to celebrate his big day. Consequently, we had a Korean/Asian themed birthday party for him incorporating some Korean traditions and food. One of the traditions that Koreans do for a child’s first birthday is to display on a table several items including a spool of thread, a book and money. Each item means something different for the child’s future: money equals wealthy, thread equals like life, and books that they will be a great student. With my nephew, we didn’t have everything that we needed, so we substituted other items and gave them different meanings. It was great fun watching him picking different things up.