Happy New Year 2017 and posts you’ve missed

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New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve was marked by my husband working, my kids both sleeping early and me enjoying some bread and bacon on my own. Exciting, huh? After packing, moving, readjusting to China and taking care of a sick child and a baby, I really didn’t mind a quiet evening. I haven’t had much time to write on this blog, but you can still enjoy my latest posts on Beijing Kids:

Trials and Errors Celebrating Advent with my Chinese Family

This post is about celebrating Advent season with my Chinese family in China and the trials and errors of trying to re-create that Christmas-y spirit in our Chinese family home:

The first Christmas hubby, my in-laws and I celebrated together was a disaster. I cooked traditional Austrian Christmas dinner–sausages, potatoes and sauerkraut–and ended up being the only one eating it. My husband got into a fight with his dad over MSG and they didn’t speak with each other for two days. Our paper Christmas tree was smaller than a Welsh terrier and didn’t feature any decoration.

The article has also been translated into Chinese here.

A Flake of Fresh Air

In another article, I reminisce of what snow meant for me growing up and how experiencing snow has changed for me over time, especially now that we are sometimes waiting for snow to wash clean the polluted air:

The first snow would make the world pause for a minute, embracing us with its perfect beauty, and have millions of people look up at the sky in synchronization, feeling connected with the earth beneath our feet, the sky, and the universe.

Make sure to check out the full posts in the links. Happy New Year 2017!

How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve?


Hi, I'm Ruth, welcome to China Elevator Stories! I have been living in Kunming and Shenzhen in the past and am now staying in Northeast China with my Chinese husband and our baby and toddler son. Join us on our journey bridging worlds!


  1. Bigflirtcleanfreakchinois

    Happy New Year Ruth…….sorry to hear about your quiet New Year’s eve.
    Cheer up, life goes on without celebrating “your” Christmas and Gregorian New Year in the East.
    You should know by now “Chinese” do NOT celebrate new year by the christian Gregorian calendar. Lunar instead. And DEFINITELY not Christmas. Me and my caucasian hubby are both atheists, Christmas/religions are for the feeble-minds, at least to us. And there’s NO Santa Claus.
    Then, even by western standard, Austrian “dish” could just be as bland as British “food” – make no mistake, Jacques Chirac once said: ” One cannot trust people (Brits) whose cuisine is so bad” and “after Finland, it (Britain) is the country with the worst food” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/4651777.stm)
    Nest time try smoked pork knuckles…..bet you’ll have better luck.

    • Thanks, Happy New Year to you too! I really enjoyed my quiet New Year’s Eve, not sad about it at all. Before Christmas was a religious celebration, it was just a celebration for everyone. And that’s the way we celebrate it, a coming together of the family. Never believed in Santa Claus growing up ;-). I do want my kids to enjoy some traditions and foods from Austria, after all, these are their roots too. Of course, we also celebrate the Chinese holidays and eat Chinese food a lot

  2. Happy New Year, Ruth. I, too, often have a quiet New Year’s Eve. This year, though, my daughter, son-in-law and eight-year-old grandson were here. We all went out to dinner with my sister at an Italian restaurant. I had a delicious crab salad and a glass of Chianti, and we toasted to the coming year with a mixture of hope and worry. (It’s hard not to worry about the upcoming presidency of Donald Trump, even on a festive occasion.)

    I love your description of first snow: “millions of people look up at the sky in synchronization, feeling connected with the earth beneath our feet, the sky, and the universe.”

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