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Celebrities Share Their Holiday Traditions

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Happy Holidays from Celebrity Baby Scoop!

In the spirit of the season, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite celebrity families and their festive traditions.

From Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen‘s peaceful co-parenting over the holidays, to Tori Spelling‘s activities with her big brood, to Kim Kardashian‘s annual Christmas card, let’s read how the celebs plan to get jolly with their families.

Josh Duhamel & Fergie:

New parents Josh Duhamel and Fergie are set to celebrate their son Axl‘s first Christmas this holiday season.

“Our Christmas plans are pretty simple this year. I like it that way. We’re home, just family around here,” Josh said. “My mother’s out here right now. My sister’s coming out next week. Other than that we’re just going to stick around here.”

The Safe Haven star can barely wait to start some festive traditions with his son. “I can’t wait for him to tear through gifts. It won’t be this year.”

Matt Damon:

Academy Award-winning actor Matt Damon and wife Luciana are parents to daughters Alexia, 15, Isabella, 7, and Gia, 5, and Stella, 3.

The Bourne Identity star opened up about enjoying the Christmas season with his family-of-six.

“We do the Latin American Christmas Eve gift opening and we do the American Christmas morning gift opening,” the actor said about his blended family traditions.

He added: “We have this weird fusion for Christmas, but I think it just means more gifts for the kids, so they’re into it.”

Jennifer Lopez:

Mom-of-two Jennifer Lopez says her 5-year-old twins Max and Emme are “so excited” about the upcoming holiday season.

And it sounds like the singer-actress enjoys the festive season with a Christmas tree, lots of decorations and writing wish-lists with her kids.

“We’re putting up our tree later today,” Jennifer told E! News in early December. “They see all the stuff going up around the house, all the little decorations, and they’re like, ‘Oh my god! I need to make my list!’ They get all excited. We’re looking forward to a nice relaxing holiday.”

Denise Richards & Charlie Sheen:

Actress Denise Richards and ex-husband Charlie Sheen keep it friendly year-round, not just over the holidays, with their two daughters Sam, 9, and Lola, 8.

“I spend my holidays with family and friends,” Denise said. “The more the merrier… I do see Charlie over the holidays — he’s my family.” She added: “I think it’s best to stay friendly whether it’s the holidays or not. Keep it about the kids and keep the peace.”

The Twisted actress went on to share some of their favorite family traditions.

“[We spend] Christmas morning opening presents with the kids,” Denise said. “[We decorate] the home, the tree, we do an annual holiday party for the kids. At the party every guest brings an unwrapped toy that we donate to children. We bring the snow to us. At our holiday party, we have snow made.”

Denise said the homemade gifts from her girls are “the best” and “the kids make the holidays.” She added, “Every year has wonderful memories.”

“The kids and I track Santa online to see where he is and when he will be at our house,” Denise said, and added that her girls still believe in St. Nick. “They’ve heard otherwise, but I’ve reassured them he exists. We set out cookies and milk and carrots for the reindeer.” She added, “I make the chocolate no-bake cookies my mom always made.”

Kim Kardashian & family:

Reality star Kim Kardashian and her famous family pose for a posh Christmas card every year. This year, the Kardashian-Jenner crew got glam in a carnival-like room of sorts filled with dollar bills, a sparkling gold money sign, mannequins and photos of the family members.

Last year, the high-profile crew dressed in white for the 2012 Christmas card, they went metallic chic for the 2011 Christmas card, and they posed closely together for the 2010 Christmas card.

“Every Christmas, we’re always together. Step-brothers, sisters, everything. All 10 kids, and then everyone’s girlfriend, boyfriend, this, that,” Kim’s sister Khloe Kardashian said of the family tradition. “The older we get, the more we stick together. . . [And now] the babies are getting older and loving the holidays more and more. It’s really fun.”

Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott:

Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood stars Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott are sure to have a very Merry Christmas with their four children – Liam, 6, Stella, 5, Hattie, 2, and Finn, 1 – at their home in Los Angeles.

“Definitely a lot of baking,” Tori said of their holiday traditions. “My mom’s a great baker. We always baked a lot growing up. So that’s something I love doing with my kids. And decorating the tree is a big thing.”

Holly Robinson Peete & Rodney Peete:

Actress Holly Robinson Peete and husband, former NFL star Rodney Peete, enjoy the season with their  four children: 16-year-old twins RJ and Ryan, and sons Robinson, 11, and Roman, 8.

“My kids are so excited about Christmas,” Holly shared. “My youngest still believes in Santa though his older sibs tease him. He believes firmly that the belief in the man at the North Pole is directly correlated to the amount of gifts he gets so he is not jumping ship yet!”

The mom-of-four went on to say they also celebrate Kwanzaa during the holiday season.

“We celebrate Kwanzaa and in those 7 days the kids learn more about their culture and ancestral history than they do all year at school,” Holly said.

Jodie Sweetin:

Although she recently split from her second husband Morty Coyle, Full House alum Jodie Sweetin is set to carry on family traditions this holiday season with daughters Zoie, 5, and Beatrix, 3.

“We do Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years — all sorts of celebrations,” Jodie said.

Melissa Joan Hart:

Actress Melissa Joan Hart and her husband of 10 years, Mark Wilkerson, enjoy winter traditions with their three sons - Mason, 7½, Brady, 5½, and Tucker, 1 – over the holiday season.

“We love to be in the mountains sledding, skating and sipping hot cocoa by the fire,” MJH shared.

Tiffani Thiessen:

Saved by the Bell alum Tiffani Thiessen and husband Brady Smith love the holiday season with their 3-year-old daughter Harper.

“It’s like reliving it when I was a kid,” said Tiffani of enjoying the Christmas spirit with her daughter.

“We started the Elf on the Shelf this year and Santa’s a big deal,” she added. “It’s neat. It reminds me of what I remember what Christmas was like when I was a kid.”

Leeza Gibbons:

Hollywood Confidential host, Leeza Gibbons, has a fun family tradition that she celebrates with her three kids: JordanTroy and Nathan.

“For Christmas, we always do a family pajama photo that is our holiday card,” Leeza said. “Through the years (19 so far) we have worn ducky PJs, cowboys, kissy lips, plaids, paisleys and more! It’s always fun, and kind of embarrassing.”

Use our Baby Name Finder to find the perfect name for your little one, check out which celebrities are expecting in 2013, or find holiday decorations at Shop Parents.

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More celebrity and parenting news:

Victoria Rowell: “At The End Of The Day, Love Is All That Matters”

Melissa Joan Hart: Giggle With The Girls This Holiday Season

Christie Lynn Smith: A Holiday Update

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Check Out This Cheeky Elf on the Shelf Alternative

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The Elf on the Shelf has quickly become a beloved Christmas tradition, but it might already be time for something new. For those feeling elf fatigue, another little creature could offer a fun alternative to the ubiquitous holiday spy.
Author L. van King pokes fun at elf mania with the cheeky parody The Dwarf in the Drawer. The Dwarf in the Drawer doesn’t do much, which might be refreshing for some parents who have run out of creative places to perch their sneaky elves. This lovable drawer-dweller is more of a sloth than his enemy, preferring to snooze among socks and watch Colbert rather than report back to the big guy up North. As he laments,
For most of the year, things at home were real peachy.
Then in came that usurper, acting all preachy.
Who died and made that elf king?
That creep who made Christmas a terrible thing? 
Based on the sheer number of Pinterest pins alone, The Elf on the Shelf is a huge hit, but the little guy isn’t for everyone.  Maybe you and your family have overdosed on good holiday cheer, and can commiserate with this grumpy counterpart. Here’s to new (and slightly sassy) holiday traditions!
Are you an Elf on the Shelf enthusiast, or are you more of a Dwarf in the Drawer dissenter? Tell us in the comments!
Find the best toys and games for your little ones here.
Image courtesy of Macmillan Publishers

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10 Special Traditions Beyond Thanksgiving

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Mother and daughter in pile of leavesEditor’s Note: In a post for an ongoing series, Dr. Harley A. Rotbart, a Parents advisor, will be guest blogging once a month. He will be offering different advice, tips, and personal stories on how parents can “savor the moment” and maximize the time they spend with kids. Read more posts by Harley Rotbart from this series.

At Thanksgiving time, we are reminded again of how important traditions are in a family’s life and legacy. But many parents express anxiety about how to find the “right” traditions for their family. Should traditions just “evolve,” or should parents consciously establish them? The right answer is do both – allow some traditions to evolve by embracing the activities your kids naturally gravitate toward, and consciously experiment with other traditions to see which ones work within your family dynamic.

There are two secrets to establish lasting family traditions: repetition and anticipation. When you find something that brings out smiles, repeat it on a regular and predictable enough basis that it becomes an ingrained part of the family repertoire. For those traditions that need planning ahead, begin talking about the event days before it occurs to build excitement. Anticipation can be as much fun as the tradition itself.

Traditions come in two sizes: big (national and federal holidays, birthdays, anniversaries,); and small (those unique to your family). Both are important in a family’s legacy, so personalize them with these 10 ideas for creating special traditions:

1- Make the big holidays your own. Serve meals at the homeless shelter on Thanksgiving morning. Play backyard football before Christmas dinner to work up an appetite. Bring flowers to the local military cemetery on Memorial Day or July 4th.

2- Turn birthdays into unique celebrations. Hang balloons in the kitchen the night before so the kids arrive to a party room on their big morning. Eat pancakes for breakfast in mom and dad’s bed. Sing “Happy Birthday” in the most off-key way possible.

3- Double (or quadruple!) the number of birthdays. Serve a cupcake on quarter birthdays and half a cake on half-birthdays. Avoid gifts on these fractional celebrations, and instead focus on laughter, singing, and fun. Add a balloon or two. Celebrate your pets’ birthdays, too!

4- Have monthly Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Give mom a night off from household chores on the first Tuesday of every month, and make a special dinner for her. Do the same for dad on the second Thursday of every month. Pick which day of the month works best for you, but your family will have 22 more “celebrations” each year.

5- Share quirky inside secrets. Make a funny noise in the elevator when it’s just your family taking a ride, or give a whoop every day when the clock strikes your address number (if you live at 920 Elm Lane, cheer at 9:20 every morning and night). Invent a secret family hand shake.

6- Have the same meals for special occasions. Serve Chinese food for every anniversary, Indian food for good report cards, or hot dogs on the opening day of baseball season every year.

7- Get dressed up for a candlelight dinner. Once a month, have everyone wear their best party clothes and eat a fancy meal at home by candlelight. Put on soft music, bring out the good dishes, and use restaurant table manners.

8- Celebrate the first sign of seasons. Have a family leaf fight every fall when the leaves begin to pile up in the yard, go sledding after the first snowfall, eat fruit salad in the garden to celebrate the appearance of the first spring flower, and have a family water fight on the first summer day that reaches 90º.

9- Have family-only activities. Plan a family comedy night or a talent show, make holiday cards from scratch, or write personalized lyrics to an old song and then sing the new composition together.

10- Give back to the community together. Identify a favorite charity and participate in its fundraising each year – walk, run, bike, volunteer, and/or donate.

Try lots of different ideas. There’s no such thing as “failure” – if an idea doesn’t work, you’ve still spent wonderful moments with your kids. Plus, you’ve created unforgettable memories and, perhaps, given them something to tease you about for years to come (“Remember when dad thought it would be fun to have all of us join the “polar bear club” and jump into the lake in December?”)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Dr. Harley A. Rotbart

Dr. Harley A. Rotbart is Professor and Vice Chairman of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is the author of three books for parents and families, including the recent No Regrets Parenting, a Parents advisor, and a contributor to The New York Times Motherlode blog. Visit his blog at noregretsparenting.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter (@NoRegretsParent).

 

Image: Mother and daughter in autumn yellow park via Shutterstock.

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