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Season’s Feastings: Easy-to-follow recipes for classic holiday fare, Part 3

With special thanks to the Siemens Beijing Direct Brand Shop. This is the second part of a three part series. The first featured how to make Mulling Spices, the second featured Sugar Cookies The true charm of the holiday season is in the homespun and personal. Homemade food in particular has an unmatched charm and joyfulness to it. Each of these delicious and simple recipes are multi-functional; both the fragrant mulling spices and sweet sugar cookies can be given as unique gifts, while a traditional Hanukkah staple, potato latkes can also make for a filling festive brunch or serve as a hearty party canapé if made smaller.


Season’s Feastings: Easy-to-follow recipes for classic holiday fare, Part 2

With special thanks to the Siemens Beijing Direct Brand Shop. This is the second part of a three part series. The first featured how to make Mulling Spices

The true charm of the holiday season is in the homespun and personal. Homemade food in particular has an unmatched charm and joyfulness to it. Each of these delicious and simple recipes are multi-functional; both the fragrant mulling spices and sweet sugar cookies can be given as unique gifts, while a traditional Hanukkah staple, potato latkes can also make for a filling festive brunch or serve as a hearty party canapé if made smaller.


Season’s Feastings: Easy-to-follow recipes for classic holiday fare, Part 1

With special thanks to the Siemens Beijing Direct Brand Shop. This is the first part of a three part series.

The true charm of the holiday season is in the homespun and personal. Homemade food in particular has an unmatched charm and joyfulness to it. Each of these delicious and simple recipes are multi-functional; both the fragrant mulling spices and sweet sugar cookies can be given as unique gifts, while a traditional Hanukkah staple, potato latkes can also make for a filling festive brunch or serve as a hearty party canapé if made smaller.


Deck the Halls: Handmade holiday crafts - Paper Wreaths

This is the third part of a three part series. The first featured how to make the easy crepe paper tassel garlands while the second featured how to make tree ornaments from flour dough. 

Kids especially love the holidays – after all, school is out and there’s a steady influx of gifts and candy. Double up on the spirit of the season and get your little ones crafting their own decorations. Gradually making your own as a family builds their anticipation for the winter holidays, so skip the shops this year and try some DIY decor instead. These rustic projects are cheerful, colorful, and inexpensive, and we’re sure you’ll find making them is enjoyable for kids from 1 to 92.


Deck the Halls: Handmade holiday crafts - Tree Ornaments

This is the second part of a three part series. The first featured how to make the easy crepe paper tassel garlands.

Kids especially love the holidays – after all, school is out and there’s a steady influx of gifts and candy. Double up on the spirit of the season and get your little ones crafting their own decorations. Gradually making your own as a family builds their anticipation for the winter holidays, so skip the shops this year and try some DIY decor instead. These rustic projects are cheerful, colorful, and inexpensive, and we’re sure you’ll find making them is enjoyable for kids from 1 to 92.


Deck the Halls: Handmade holiday crafts - Crepe paper tassels garlands

Kids especially love the holidays – after all, school is out and there’s a steady influx of gifts and candy. Double up on the spirit of the season and get your little ones crafting their own decorations. Gradually making your own as a family builds their anticipation for the winter holidays, so skip the shops this year and try some DIY decor instead. These rustic projects are cheerful, colorful, and inexpensive, and we’re sure you’ll find making them is enjoyable for kids from 1 to 92.

Estimated time: 5 minutes per tassel (approximately
1 hour for a row of ten tassels)
Suitable for: Ages 5+


Lighting a Fire: Kids, teens, and young adults talk about their volunteering experiences (Part 3)

This is the last of the three part series. Parts 1 and 2 featured siblings Seth and Fiona Hodges (Roundabout Charity Store) and
Grace Wang (MCF) respectively.

Clément Verdeil (Bethel)
Nineteen-year-old Clément Verdeil is a social and political sciences major at Sciences Po. He lived in Shanghai with his family for six years and graduated from the French Lycée there. For his third year of university, he opted to volunteer for Bethel, a Beijing-based NGO dedicated to helping visually-impaired children. Verdeil currently lives at the Doudian project site, where he teaches English and music to his young charges.


Lighting a fire: Kids, teens, and young adults talk about their volunteering experiences (Part 2)

In Part One of this three-part series, we featured siblings Seth and Fiona Hodges (Roundabout Charity Store)

Grace Wang (MCF)
Fourteen-year-old Grace Wang does it all. This Beijing native sings, plays volleyball, is a member of student council at Beijing City International School (BCIS), and volunteers with several charities. For the past year, she has been teaching English to migrant kids for the Migrant Children’s Foundation (MCF), one of BCIS’ school charities.


Lighting a fire: Kids, teens, and young adults talk about their volunteering experiences (Part 1)

December is the most magical, twinkly month in the calendar. With so much generosity in the air, it’s natural to think of giving to others. For this month’s issue, we speak to Beijing youth who are committed to making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. This season is traditionally a time for reflection and gratitude, and in this spirit we want to thank our readers, advertisers, contributors, and the entire Beijing community who have made 2014 such a great year for the magazine. Our sincere appreciation and best wishes for you, your family, and your holidays: Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

This is the first part of a three part series.

Seth and Fiona Hodges (Roundabout Charity Store)
Siblings Seth and Fiona Hodges (ages 13 and 11 respectively) hail from Virginia and have been living in Beijing for two and a half years. Both students at the International School of Beijing, they volunteered at Roundabout’s charity store during their last spring break.


Editor's Note: The Month Before Christmas

Few understand the necessity of having a good support network as well as expats. In the absence of family, we form familial bonds with friends, co-workers, and fellow members of sports teams, book clubs, knitting circles, charity organizations, and other interest groups. Though goodbyes are de rigueur, we counter-intuitively develop close and often intense relationships over relatively short periods of time.


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