When we moved into the condo, my uncle and his family sent this funny little man from Japan as a housewarming gift. As I read my uncle’s instructions (several times – they were in German) I found out the man was not just a statue, but a special wishing doll named Daruma.
Here’s how it works: you make a wish and paint the pupil on his right eye. He sits around the house reminding you of your wish until it comes true – then you paint the other eye.
We’re still trying to think of the perfect wish. Being practical, I immediately wondered if I could use a dry erase marker and wipe him clean for next year. But in this case, perhaps it’s best to stick with tradition.
For more information, check out the Wikipedia article about Daruma dolls.