The New Year is nearly here, well to be specific the Gregorian calendar New Year – January 1. But before January comes Christmas, the season to eat, relax, shop, and be merry. The holiday issue turns the spotlight on parent volunteers who share their motivations, challenges, and successes. We also talk to international students about their favorite winter sports and activities.
If you’re interested in throwing a Christmas or New Year party get the list of places to buy turkey, ham, desserts, and spiced wine. The list also contains fully catered options. The Paulaner Brauhaus restaurant is reviewed by UK/German 9-year-old Lily Copeland. The Hardemans share their Santa cookies recipe filled with M&M goodness.
Kids will have plenty of spare time so we put together a list of activities taking place all month long to keep them busy. Try our two crafts from International Montessori School Beijing and Ganeinu International School for Christmas and Hanukkah respectively.
Creativity and experimentation are at the heart of Graci Kim’s My Thingymabob business as we feature her in our Talking Shop. Le Cool ice rink at the China World Mall is the perfect birthday venue for winter babies to celebrate their next milestone. Mom of three, Linsey Crisler is our makeover of the month.
Hymns or Christmas carols are to be expected this winter, so in our feature Harrow International School Beijing’s a capella group. Beijing World Youth Academy students quiz professional drummer Alex Morris about jamming to the beat. This month, we showcase artwork from the adorable kids at Bethel China.
Winter is one of the driest months in Beijing, we gathered various TCM, Ayurveda, and Western medicine tips on how to take care of your skin. Dr. Melissa Rodriguez debunks common myths about milk and Dr. Dorothy Dexter shares on how to take care of your nose especially when the AQI is bad.
Our parent columnists, Ember Swift and Jennifer Ambrose write about their different holiday perspectives.
Take a look at cute babies in our New Arrivals sections and mark down your calendar for some of the events taking place over the month.