It’s not every day you get to spend time with family. And by “family” I don’t mean, your children, husband or wife. I mean people like your father-in-law’s brother. Or your mother’s sisters and their children. I don’t get to see my cousins as much as I want to here in Korea. We’re just all too damn busy for everything. But when it comes to ChuSeok, the Korean Thanksgiving holiday, it’s all about family and spending fun times with them.
However, this year, I was not able to make it my own family’s eat-out and gathering. The kids were sick and so we stayed home. But since the in-laws always gather at our house (my father in law is the first born so they all meet up at our house) we were able to meet with his brothers family.
My father in law’s sisters never shows up at family gatherings like this. They both just live a life of their own and really don’t care about other family members except their own. A.K.A. themselves, their kids and husbands.
My family (my mother and father along with my grandma and aunts) were going to meet up at my aunt’s house in Song Choo but since our kids were and still are sick, we didn’t want to go and spread germs to everyone.
So this year it was just the 7 of us along with Kaden’s uncle, his wife and daughter that set up the table for this traditional 제사. We started by cooking the food for the table the day before, then on the morning of, we finished the rest of the dishes that went on the table.
As a Christian, I personally don’t prefer this “memorial rite” thing or this “sacrifice table” or “food for dead ancestors” thing.
But, I do think it’s a good idea for the kids to experience the Korean culture and participate in this 제사 JESA thing.
And since it all went down at our place. Kaden and I thought it was a good idea for Josh and Andrea to take part.