So, for those of you who don't know, Chuseok is Korean Thanksgiving. Like American Thansgiving, they seem to eat a lot and most people look at it as time to travel around the country and visit their families.
A huge difference, though, is that when you go to someone's house, you are supposed to bring a gift. Being a foreigner here, and knowing practically no one, I am fortunate enough to have three invitations for Chuseok.
Which means, of course, I have to buy three gifts. The most traditional gifts are fruit and meat (but I know one teacher who bought her mother-in-law a refrigerator). There are beautiful boxes EVERYWHERE of fruit and meat, some costing hundreds of dollars or thousands of Korean Won. It seems, though, that because everyone buys those things as gifts, that people might have enough fruit and meat, so I wanted to get something a little more unique.
For my first gift, I am going to buy a cake. The first time I spent time in this household, the very kind mother took me to the store and told me that they were no diets that evening and that she would buy me everything I wanted to eat. We proceeded to fill up a cart, but the adult daughter wanted a cake. Her mother told her that she couldn't have one becuase it would be too much food to eat, but since it's Chuseok, I'm bringing one over. I still have not bought it, because I want it to be fresh for the day we are going to eat it. I promise to put up a picture though, after the fact.