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Our Family Christmas 2015

I absolutely love Christmas. I love the lights, the glitter, the gifts. I love how it’s okay to wear big ugly sweaters or blinged out sequined dresses. I love the extra family time and seeing the kids’s eyes glow with wonder and excitement when looking at the tree and opening their presents. I love everything about it.

I love this holiday even though I am not Christian. I’m not anything really, but I think the message about love and peace and generosity and giving is a great thing. We should apply all that year round! I also love to celebrate any and every holiday. I totally can’t wait until next year’s Diwali, and no, I’m not even Indian. I’m also making the kids celebrate the Chinese New Year. It will be good for their Mandarin.

I actually think the commercialization of the holidays are fabulous! Yes- I am that person who gets this warm and fuzzy feeling inside when I see Christmas decorations go up in the stores right after Halloween, and I do thoroughly enjoy a good Christmas commercial on tv.

Anyways, I’m taking advantage of the kids’s naptime to write this post and organize the millions of photos I’ve taken of our Christmas this year. Hubby took some time off work and we most definitely made the most of it. These past few weeks we have both completely broken our diets, had lots and lots of family time, and ended each day finishing a full bottle of wine. I would even spike our night teas. We both have probably gained ten pounds, but because we lost so much weight this past year I am not even going to worry about it.

So we did lots of family fun stuff like decorating gingerbread, celebrating Caspian’s birthday (he is a Christmas baby) multiple times, and just going out a lot.

Here’s a glance into our fun filled week:

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We took the kids for photos with Santa. Valentino obviously loved it =)

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I am so proud of my wrapping skills. I have to thank Estee Lauder (my college job) for that. They had me on my feet like 247 wrapping people’s purchases. Super fun! No really, it was actually fun.

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Christmas Eve with hubby and the kiddos. I love to dress my boys in matching suits. I dress them better than I dress myself!

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Christmas day brunch.

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How cute are these rascals?

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Last year I slept through Christmas morning and we had to open the presents at night (I was pregnant, not lazy) haha. So this year we thought we would do the same thing. I was hosting Christmas dinner and we thought it would be fun to open presents with grandma and auntie too!

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I made the salmon and hubby made the turkey. It was fantastic. This is our fairly low-carb Christmas dinner (minus the crackers and mashed potatoes).

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I am so glad Valentino is a good eater. He devoured his food. He shoved so much turkey in his mouth that when it wouldn’t fit he would just keep trying to shove it further back into his mouth…. and then I would panic over him choking, and then he would laugh at me. He’s so silly.

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Santa was really generous this year.

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Valentino and auntie Sara decorating gingerbread! Ok well Valentino was more interested in eating it, but he did help a bit too!

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Showing him the way

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Valentino was proud of his work! Daddy kept stealing the candies off the gingerbread house and eating them.

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As the holiday season draws to a close I feel a bit of relief from all the hustle and bustle. No joke- I kind of busted my @$$ running around making sure we get everything done and making an effort for the kids to enjoy themselves. However, I will really miss all the family fun festivities. I cannot wait to see what the New Year has in store for us.

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.