We love Christmas. (With a last name like Snow, it’s somewhat inevitable). This is what I want to remember from 2015.
The Ugly Christmas Sweater Competition
Impulse buy on the Eve of Christmas Eve: Ugly Christmas Sweater kits.
How I justified this purchase: It’ll make a fun family project, and who doesn’t need at least one ugly Christmas sweater? We’ll make it this year and wear it every Christmas Eve. A new tradition!
The logistics: Alex and I made the green sweater .J and Steve made my red sweater.
- These sweaters will not stand the test of time: everything is glued on
- J thinks my sweater is beautiful
No one got much sleep on Christmas Eve.
Alex and Steve camped out by the Christmas tree.
J camped out in her room.
Camping has been running theme in J’s play stories. She was delighted to get a “real” camping set.
J’s gift to me:
J’s grandparents helped the kids buy Christmas presents this year. Their presents tend to run on the practical side. For example, with their help, J gave Steve a glue gun, and Alex gave me a flashlight (it was pink).
According to Grandma, J was very specific about what she wanted to give me. This doll is her gift to me.
I have told J a few times that I had only one Barbie doll when I was growing up. (This comment usually comes out when I’m trying to organize her small nation of dolls). This was obviously not acceptable to J.
Along with the doll, I got plenty of tips — Mommy, you should brush her hair. And make her feel welcome. And keep her in your room forever. You have to take care of her. As usual, J’s instincts are correct: I don’t really know what I’m doing with Barbie-like dolls.
Even more amusing was J’s original idea: a bird. She knows I can’t stand birds, and thought that some immersion therapy would cure me of my phobia. (I wrote more about my problem with birds here.)
A Show of Support
All of the teachers from Alex’s school wore Julianna’s pink CMTA bracelet and took a picture.
Alex received the Game of Life for Christmas this year. (I loved this when I was a kid — I think that there’s something satisfying about spinning that colorful wheel.) I explained to A&J that this game was about life events: working, getting married, having babies.
- J: Babies? I want babies! (Before the B word, J was not interested.)
And so we played. Here are the highlights:
- J was the only one who decided to go to college. Her career choice was fashion designer vs. secret agent. You can guess which one she picked.
- J was happy to get married. She asks to see her husband (little blue peg) and nods her approval.
- J was delighted when she finally gets her car full of babies: They’re so cute. I love them! Wait, do they come with a stroller?
After the game, Alex wants to play again. J refuses, saying she just wants to play with her babies.
And a documentary
And lastly, I’ll add share this: “Julianna’s Christmas” aired on South Korean TV (KBS1) on Christmas Day 2015.
When our CNN story came out, we got an overwhelming amount of attention and media requests. We declined almost everything.
KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) was one of the media organizations that contacted us. They had translated and read my entire blog, and they wanted to do documentary about our family. The theme was to be “love”, and it would air on Christmas day. To do this, they would need to come into our home and film us for ten days.
It seemed like a crazy idea, but the opportunity to share our family’s story with my native country was compelling. You can see it here:
(We haven’t seen it yet, but Homie and my relatives in South Korea think that it’s very well done.)
A few days ago, we learned that the actress who narrated this special, Lee Bo-Young, would be donating her salary for her work on this project. We have asked that these funds go towards the CMT research in the US and in South Korea. We are moved and humbled by her generosity.
To Ms. Kim (the one who convinced us to do this), Mr. Kang (producer), Mr. Lee (cameraman), Mr. Han (translator) and all the people at KBS who worked on this special – thank you for your beautiful and respectful portrayal of Julianna. And Ms. Lee – your kind gesture ensures that this documentary truly is about love. Thank you so much.