We have reached the festive time of year where holidays and celebrations can crowd the calendar. It is great fun to cook, bake, eat, and drink with our friends and family, and food is a crucial element of our cultural celebrations. Food is memory, love, and life (literally and figuratively) for us. In this issue we have many delicious recipes to share and ideas for cross-cultural holiday celebrations.
We at Mothering Matters wish you and your families a relaxing and enjoyable time together as you build memories this holiday season. And a healthy and happy 2017!
A Taste of Christmas by Roz Bonomally
Christmas Cookies the Swiss Way by Franziska Wick
An Indian-Inspired Holiday Menu by Shinta Simon
Homemade Marbled Paper Holiday Cards by Rachel Blate
Celebrating the Festivals of Home with Our Expat Kids by Keerthana Nagarajan
Who We Are and How We Celebrate by Whitney Bushnell
Crafty Kids | Little Star: A Christmas Decoration
Expat Corner | Do You Celebrate Becoming an Expat?
Expat Bump | Preparing for Birth and Beyond
Fathering | “How Many Sleeps…?”
In the Kitchen | What’s the Traditional Swiss Christmas Meal?
La Leche League | Celebration and Breastfeeding
Out & About | Zermatt: The Ultimate Winter Wonderland
Third Culture Matters | A Lipstick Christmas Tree and Paper Angels
Twinville | Celebrate Life
Don’t forget to check out What’s On for December 2016.
Illustration by Laura Munteanu
December 2016 Issue Contributors
Column and Feature Editors: Tanya Deans, Dina El-Halaby, Liz Le Feuvre, Carol McDonald, Karin Mohler, Michelle Seaton Witte, Andrea Snashall
Webmaster / Layout Designer: Tanya Deans
Chief Copyeditor: Carol McDonald
Writers: Rachel Blate, Roz Bonomally, Whitney Bushnell, Tammy Furey, Dina El Halaby, Dr Jahura Hossain, Christina Hurst – Prager, Carol McDonald, Karin Mohler, Laura Munteanu, Keerthana Nagarajan, Kate Prinsloo, Shinta Simon, Franziska Wick, Brian Wilson
Illustration Coordinator: Laura Munteanu
Illustrators: Rachel Blate (photos), Roz Bonomally (photo), BVisual (Beth), Masha Ellis, Lara Friedrich, Sharanya Mageshwaran, Laura Munteanu, Keerthana Nagarajan (photos), Albina Nogueira, Kate Prinsloo (photos), Shinta Simon (photos), Franziska Wick (photos)
Proofreader: Andrea Snashall
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest Moderators: Andrea Snashall, Kate Prinsloo
Advertising Coordinator: Clare Ferrari
Finance: Iliana Eichholzer
Communications: Andrea Snashall, Clare Ferrari
Logo: Suzanne Evans-Ackermann
Web Designer: Maximilian Wulf
Our next issue appearing in February, 2017 will be entitled That’s Funny!