Alex Well, Christmas in England consisted of 10 days of eating really. We’d be all cooped up at my mother’s, and since she’s Icelandic, we’d have Icelandic dishes and just spend time together.
Kay Christmas here’s much more of a romantic thing. I never celebrated Christmas like that until I got to England. We still see a lot of couples when we go out for Christmas.
Panya Isn’t it the same?
Jin I don’t think one’s better or one’s worse. I just think it’s culturally different. Like maybe here, we’d be kimchi jjigae and there we’d eat something else—that’s all.
Kay Usually around the beginning of December, we put up the tree. We have decorations.
Alex We have two very special meals—one for Christmas Eve and one on Christmas Day. We’ll have food that’s very specific to Icelandic cuisine like cured ham, sugared, Brussels sprouts and vegetables. It’s not easy to get the exact same ingredients, but we still enjoy it. We attend the Catholic parish in Hannam-dong. We’ll walk around and see all the lights around Shinsegae. Christmas is becoming bigger every year.
Jin We watch movies at home too…
Alex It’s a Wonderful Life is one of my favorites.
Jin How about Home Alone?
Alex That’s a good one, too.
Panya Last year, I got a Bobbi Brown make up set.
Jin I got an iPad?
Kay [laughs] Yeah, daddy goes all out for Christmas. We also got some presents from the kids, too. I got some bracelets last year.
Viggo I want a watch this year! A Cabot robot watch!
Alex So far, we’ve had guests for Christmas every year. This will be the first year we celebrate it with just us. We’re doing our best to embrace the meaning of it and we’re starting our own traditions.