Christmas is, hands down, my absolute favorite holiday. I truly love this time of the year when it’s appropriate to listen to Christmas music (although who can resist listening to Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ all year long), twinkle lights are put on display and Christmas trees are everywhere you turn.
With that said, sometimes being in China can put a bit of a damper on the holiday spirit – let’s be honest. So whether you’ll be staying in Shanghai for the holidays or going home to celebrate with your family, it can always help to have a bit of holiday cheer in your own home at the least. That’s why we’ve provided you with a guide to the best Christmas tree and decoration shopping spots in the city (pg14), as well as some cute holiday outfits for the little ones (pg 12).
Food & Fun (starting on page 34) is also filled with holiday delights that will have you craving for your Christmas ham or turkey early. Here you’ll also find a list of some of the best places to dine on Christmas if you are sticking around town.
Our cover story (pg16) switches gears to talk about a popular trend in Shanghai—the momtrepreneur. While this type of mom is obviously not new, more and more are following the lead and creating businesses that suit their lifestyle, talent and passion. Here we feature seven moms who are doing just that and using WeChat as the tool to run their businesses.
We also feature some pretty fantastic young artists, putting their favorite pieces on display on page 26.
And a special thanks to Barefoot Portraits for hosting and taking our lovely cover shoot.
Alyssa Marie Wieting, Editor-in-Chief