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Celebrating Your Child’s First Birthday

Celebrating a 1st birthday with a mix of tradition

It may seem like yesterday you were waking up every few hours for feeding or soothing your new baby, but a year has gone by and it’s time to celebrate your child’s first birthday! There are all sorts of ways you can celebrate your child’s first birthday from themed parties to special traditions  including the popular “smash cake.” One first birthday party that caught our attention was thrown by a co-worker (you may remember Hyon from our interview back in May.) We loved that she had so many traditions from her Korean heritage at her daughter’s first birthday party.

Olivia picking her future career in medicine?

One tradition is to lay out certain objects for the child to grab. This is supposed to represent their future path in life. You can see from the photo that Oliv grabbed a stethoscope. Looks like Mommy and Daddy better start saving for medical school! :)

You will also notice Oliv is in the traditional Korean dress Han-Bok. Besides adding to Oliv’s insane cuteness factor, Hyon has found a wonderful way to teach her children about their heritage through the symbols they have incorporated into family celebrations.

Combining old and new birthday traditions

There are many ways you can bring your family traditions and heritage into your celebrations. You can even start new traditions that your children can pass on to their children!

What ways do you share your family heritage with your children? Have you incorporated any of these traditions into first birthday celebrations?

Posted July 28, 2010

by MichelleH

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