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Korean Style House Warming Gifts

June 29, 2012

It has now been nearly two weeks since we moved into our new home. Life has been hectic, but we’re really enjoying the new house and have already hosted some dear friends of ours who visited the States from Egypt for the first time in several years.

We had another treat today when our good Korean friend, Minchi, visited us and brought the traditional Korean house warming gifts!

In the US, people often bring a house plant or something like that. But Sunnie had mentioned to me a long time ago what Koreans bring, and Minchi delivered! Koreans traditionally bring a gift of toilet paper or household soap when someone has moved into a new home.

In Korean culture, the toilet paper gift means that they are wishing you good luck so that everything that you pursue in this new home will “roll out” really easily and well, just like how easily toilet paper rolls out. The soap means that they wish you the best of luck so that everything you pursue in your new home will be prosperous easy, like how easily you get a lot of bubbles with very little soap without having to try too hard.

Check it out:

Korean house warming gift

Now we’re officially home, Korean style! 🙂

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie permalink
    June 30, 2012 8:28 am

    I am glad you guys are settling into your new home. 🙂 Best wishes!

    • Bill permalink*
      June 30, 2012 12:31 pm

      Thank you! We’re enjoying it so far!

  2. sandition permalink
    June 30, 2012 1:16 pm

    Bill, as you may know, I am a big fan of all things Korean (a Korean heart trapped in an Italian American body)! So thank you for this wonderful tidbit. It will be my new housewarming gift for all 😀

    • Bill permalink*
      June 30, 2012 2:06 pm

      That’s great, Teresa. I’m so glad you found it interesting! Konbae (cheers) to your Korean heart! 🙂

  3. July 29, 2012 6:57 am

    That is so awesome! I wish to learn everything Korean as each day I am feeling very much Korean. How is that possible? Regardless, that’s a good thing. Congratulations on your new home. I’m sending you toilet paper and soap vibes. Chuka-hamnida

    • Sunnie permalink*
      July 29, 2012 3:28 pm

      Thanks, Jacqueline! It is so cool that you are so interested in Korean culture.

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