We started the holidays by going to one of Beijing’s skate rinks, Le Cool, Guomao Liubing Chang in the underground shopping center. It is a nice rink with skating coaches teaching professional competition skating to children and adults in among amateur skaters.
Sepia and Max ice skating.
Max & Sepia created art for their school’s Christmas party art auction. Max was so proud of his Dragon sketch. The kids had fun doing activities and games. They really enjoyed getting a portrait created by college students.
This is Max's Dragon art which someone bought for 100 RMB.
We also were happy to have family visitors, Sasha, our niece and Stuart her husband from Australia. We went to the antique markets and went sighting seeing around Beijing.
Sepia with Cousin Sasha.
Sasha and Stuart at The Place with us.
We had a great time at the Archillier Christmas party. We went to Kempinski Hotel which is a 5 -star hotel. The party was held at Kranzler’s Restaurant.
Kranzler's dining room.
Kranzler's hot buffet.
They have an incredible buffet which offered us the opportunity to create our own “dim sum” from the tasty steamed buns shaped and painted to look like peaches, steamed wontons, meat filled wontons, chicken, fish, pork, beef, shrimp, and vegetable dishes, soups, and so many savory items. The perfect finale was a dessert station so laden with gorgeous pastries, miniature tarts, cakes, and puddings, that they could really be a meal in themselves. Miniature tarts crowned with fresh ripe berries, mile-high cakes with luscious fillings, puddings, mousses, crème brûlees, fudge-like chocolate cakes, chocolate fountain, and so much more that would tempt anyone off their diet.
The White Tree.
We had a nice Christmas Day. Everything was completely different.
Our Christmas tree 2011.
Our Christmas tree…Shane handmade…it was 5 inch tall cut out of green paper.
We laughed so hard when
The Blue Tree.
Shane made it…But you see we needed somewhere to put the presents, so once we had a tree, we knew where we could put the presents. The kids have stockings which were filled by Santa with lots of goodies. Beijing really goes all out with lighting displays on hotels, entire exterior of malls, down both sides of the street for 4 blocks. Here is one of our favorite Christmas light displays.
Christmas evening we caught up with our friends from Madrid and their two kids.
Christmas with friends in front of the 75 foot high teddy bear tree .
We went out for authentic Indian(totally not what we would do on Christmas) and then went back to our apartment and played games and hung out chatting and eating Panetone(Italian dessert cake which is a tradition in our family each year.)