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Holiday House Tour 2015

Usually I am super on time and organized when it comes to getting ready for the holidays. This year it definitely didn’t happen that way. I was running around like a crazy person pulling my hair out trying to clean the house and put up the decorations, all while taking care of babies and trying to make the house look presentable and also child friendly. That was nearly impossible, so I had to use my imagination, put my husband to work, do lots of shopping and just make it work somehow. Because it’s technically Caspian’s first Christmas, I wanted to make it special. It took a lot of thought and compromise to figure out the whole Christmas tree thing. Are we even going to have one? How do we make a tree child friendly? What if they pull it on top of themselves? Should we get a real tree or fake tree or both? Will the pine needles poke their little feet?

In the end we decided to go for a real tree in the dining room, a fake tree in the office, and two fake trees in the living room. Our living room is gated so we put the child friendliest of trees in the living room.

This was the weekend before the kids’s birthday party, and this was my house:


Real trees are my thing. This one here is a 6 foot tree from Costco.



We had a ridiculous amount of presents to wrap. In addition to Christmas presents we also had a ton of birthday presents, since both kids have birthdays in December.

I love a good wrapped present. It’s all about presentation for me. So I spent hours and hours wrapping the presents perfectly, with matching paper and ribbon, and tying pretty bows. By the end of it the entire office was covered in heaps and piles of wrapping paper and ribbon. It literally looked like a tornado ripped through our home.


My house looked like a hoarder house. So I was just slightly panicking. Ok I was freaking out.

But with the help of hubby it turned out great and everything was done in time. Phew!


The kids don’t mind the singing and dancing Santa. Last year Valentino was afraid of it, but this year he thinks it’s funny and he boops his nose and tries to pull off his beard. The kids also absolutely love the outdoor decorations. Caspian always stares at the lights from his bedroom and when leaving the house Valentino becomes fascinated with the inflatables.

Valentino has become more sensible in that he sometimes chooses to listens to us. He loves touching the lights on the trees below, and we constantly have to tell him off for trying to touch it. So lately what he’s been doing is waiting for us to be busy, then he will run up to it and touch it, play with the plug, and unplug it. Then when I tell him off for doing that he will pretend to hit me and then tell me off for telling him off. He is hilarious.





I didn’t use any ornaments on our real tree. Instead I got a bunch of glittery branches and picks from Michaels and stuck them in the tree. I loved how they gave the Christmas tree a slightly flocked and frosted look. They were all 60% off to so I kind of went a little nuts……











About: Leila Rahmanian and Salar Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian is married to Salar Rahmanian. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three wonderful kids, two boys named Valentino Rahmanian and Caspian Rahmanian and a beautiful daughter named Persephone Rahmanian.