Day 1 in Sedona, AZ (Dec 25, 2016)

Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport. ~ Pope Francis

Today, we relaxed in our VRBO rental house (listing #25327), a beautiful, 3000-square-foot, pueblo-style home in West Sedona, and watched snow fall throughout the day (yes, there is almost 6 inches of snow on the ground right now). While the house is really nice, the feature that makes it truly incredible are the huge windows that afford us unfettered views of the huge red rock formations that make Sedona famous. Believe it or not, the header image on this post is one of the photos I took with my iPhone from inside the house. Check out these other photos I took from inside the home throughout the day:

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It was really cloudy and snowing in the morning …

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The clouds started to clear later in the day …

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The sun hit the red rock formation perfectly for this photo!

Most of the day was spent lazing around, catching up, and Ari got some really quality time with his Zayde and Oma.

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Dad, Debbie, Jeremy, and Anya even spent some time in the hot tub while it was still snowing!

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For dinner tonight, we went to one of the few non-chain restaurants open on Christmas Day, a Chinese place called Szechuan Restaurant. The restaurant was packed, but, luckily, Debbie had thought ahead and made a reservation for the seven of us so we walked in and were seated almost immediately. I had the Mongolian Beef, which was actually quite good, Ari LOVED his veggie chow mein, and everyone else enjoyed their meals, too.

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Enjoying our Christmas Day dinner in true Jewish fashion.

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Ari enjoying his garlic green beans.

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Ari loved his chow mein!

After dinner, we returned to the house and decided to start watching Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Less than halfway in, though, almost all of us fell  asleep, and so we decided to call it a night.

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