Christmas 2012















Merry Christmas from our family to yours. It is truly a gift to spend such a precious time with the family. It’s also a gift to continue to share bits of my life on this little blog with family and friends – both old and new.

The holiday has been so easygoing so far. We started our festivities on Christmas Eve. The entire family gathered together to celebrate David’s 9th birthday. He hasn’t stopped opening presents since then. Birthday gifts on Christmas Eve and Christmas gifts on Christmas Day. Watching him tear open wrapping paper and boxes after boxes and seeing his face light up with joy, I realized that as much fun as it is, I treasure simple moments with my family so much more than any gifts. We are so lucky to have each other and to simply gather together and enjoy each other’s company. So we sang songs while my dad played the guitar, played some rainy family football, and had lots and lots of tea.

Of course, the festivities wouldn’t be complete without a feast. My favorite dish is a tradition from Kazakhstan. These dumplings, called “Manti” resemble large pot stickers, but the dough is thinner. They are steamed for about 40 minutes and served hot. The filling is usually a combination of meats and spices, but my mom now makes a vegan version with butternut squash. Simply delicious.

Feast of a table.

Boys opening presents this morning.

I wish you all a wonderful time with your family! P.S. My 14 day Pilates challenge is in full swing. I was able to practice every day so far. Love how great it feels to have a consistent every day practice.

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  1. Jedidiah Soliz
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Nice Holiday blog Maria! Glad you had a good day :)

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