Spend the Holidays with us... Celebrity Style!
Check out these famous Moms & Dads and how they are celebrating the holidays this year! They've multi-tasked through the year and wrap up 2012 with family traditions new and old!
Melissa Joan Hart
photo courtesy of Melissa Joan HartObviously family is what makes the holidays great. Carving out that time to just be together. But that aside, I think I enjoy the atmosphere of the holiday time. November and December give an air of peace and soft promise of hope to an otherwise cold and colorless season. The smells in the air, the music that seems to follow us everywhere as if our own soundtrack, and the colors of wrapping paper, store windows and lights. As people share food, gifts and decorate to make the winter seem a little more beautiful than it already is, it reminds us to enjoy life a little more.
One tradition we have started since moving to CT is going to a local tree farm and loading our boys onto a tractor and heading out into the farm in search of our perfect tree. We cut it down and then go enjoy some hot cider by the fire pit while the farm wraps the tree up to go home. Another recent tradition is our Tacky Sweater Party which has now become adults only and includes a white elephant gift exchange and prize for tackiest sweater. But we have also had to add a kids party to the season where Santa shows up or drops a bag a presents by the door. His appearance changed yearly just as my parents did for us.
Kimberly & James Van Der Beek
photo courtesy Kimberly Van Der Beek
Mario & Courtney Lopez
Our family tradition is our Lenox tree. My great aunt started this tradition before I was born! Every year, our gift from her is the annual personalized Lenox ornament! Gia already has 3+ personalized ornaments and Julio has 2! We love Lenox!!!!
We kicked off the holiday season with the, Thanksgiving Day Parade this year! It was truly magical!!
Since we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas we'll have a Christmas tree, and Menorah. We'll be reading lots of stories, and enjoying some (chocolate!) gold coins. I've already started gathering materials for Kai's keepsake ornament to hang on our tree. This year we'll be using clay to mold his little hands, followed up with paint, and ribbon. This will be both fun… and messy!
Bill Horn & Scout Masterson
Photo Courtesy of HP at Santa's Secret Workshop
To us, the holidays are about setting our own family traditions. We spend Thanksgiving on the east coast with Bill's parents, but Christmas is spent in Los Angeles with our family here (Scout's mom, Tori and Dean and the kids).
Our tradition with Simone is carried from Scout's childhood - The Magic Pajamas. Every year on Christmas Eve, the elves leave a pair of magical pajamas for each of us to wear to sleep that night - So Santa will find his way into our home. We love this tradition (and the pics are super cute of Simone in her Magic PJ's on Christmas morning!)
Erin & Ian Ziering
photo courtesy of Erin Ziering
I grew up spending the holidays surrounded by a winter wonderland in the Appalachian mountains. My parents owned a Christmas tree farm so the winter holiday season always came as a joyous time for our household. Before Christmas, we would spend the weeks after Thanksgiving selling our Christmas Trees from the farm, serving hot chocolate and helping the other children wait in line to see Santa who would visit our farm on the weekends. Our draft horses would take our customers on sleigh rides and Christmas music would fill the air around the farm. My mom would spend her time preparing hot soups and Christmas cookies in our kitchen and decorating our home with a minimum of at least six Christmas trees. There was never a window that wasn't covered with garland and lights. The night before Christmas we would all get to open one gift which was always our "special" Christmas Pj's and our father would read us the night before Christmas around the fire. I remember waking up early every Christmas morning with my two brothers and running out to see the most massive Christmas tree surrounded by perfectly wrapped presents. The smell of sticky cinnamon buns always filled the air and the rest of the day was filled with food, our small family and lots of love.
Ian grew up with a very different holiday season. He grew up in a traditional reformed Jewish Household celebrating the eight nights of Hanukkah They would light candles for each of the eight nights and Ian and his brothers would all receive a gift for each of the nights. Ian's childhood memory of the holiday starts with the smell of Brisket in the oven signifying the first night of Hanukkah His mother would make a beautiful meal for their close friends and family to celebrate the first night. They would gather to light the candles and say their blessings. After the meal they would play dreidel games and if they were good would get to eat the gelt. (Ian usually didn't get any ;-)
When Ian and I planned on getting married he expressed that having a Jewish family was very important to him. His father was a Hebrew school teacher and instilled some very important beliefs in Ian. We agreed to raise Mia under the Jewish faith and Ian agreed that my holiday traditions could still be apart of her life. With Mia only being 19 months old we have been having so much fun starting our new holiday traditions together. For the past two years we have taken Mia the week before Thanksgiving to get her picture with Santa (this year it didn't go so well) We always spend our Thanksgiving with family or friends and then as soon as we return from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend we reserve the next night as a very special family night. We find our local Christmas Tree lot that evening, go out and pick the perfect tree as a family. This year Mia had a blast. Last year she was a tiny infant sleeping, this year she was the rambunctious toddler playing hide and seek behind all the trees. We pick up Chinese food on the ride home with the tree on the top of our Tahoe and take it all home to start our evening. We start the night with christmas music while Ian does the work of putting up the tree and we spend the night decorating the tree together while cookies are baking in the oven. We decorate our kitchen table with our silver family Menorah and a small silver Tree that represents both of our families.
As Hanukkah comes around I will cook Ian the same meal his mother made during the first night of Hanukkah using her hand written recipes. I will spend the day preparing the Brisket and noodle koogle. In the evening we will play dreidel games with Mia after she opens her present and light our Menorah while Ian says the blessings. Ian enjoys reading her children's books about Hanukkah and talking to her about her grandparents that are no longer with us before putting her to bed each night. Because it is really hard to top spending Christmas on a Christmas Tree Farm in the mountains, Ian and I love to take Mia back to my parents home for the Christmas holiday. We usually get there on Christmas eve, open our Pj's while "Papa" now reads his "night before christmas" to the grandchildren and we put everyone to bed. Mia will get to spend Christmas morning with the smell of her "Nuna's" sticky cinnamon buns filling the air and the magic of all the lights and Christmas Trees surrounding the house. She will get to dance the day away to Christmas Music and enjoy a sleigh ride with her uncles and eat way to much food. Most importantly we hope that she will get to remember how she always spent the whole month of December surrounded by lots of important food, an ever growing family and lots of love.
Sarah Jane Morris-Brower
photo courtesy of SJM
We have started the tradition in my family of getting a tree on December 1 and decorating it together (although I'm usually alone putting the last of the ornaments up!). We also adopt a family in need to give gifts to at Christmastime. It is hard to teach a toddler about sharing and giving, especially when it is a toy, but I'm hoping as time goes on and we give to others each year he will see how important it is to help those in need and learn to be a giver in life.
Kimberly & James Van Der Beek
photo courtesy Kimberly Van Der Beek
For the holidays we surround ourselves with family, friends and food. Homemade hot chocolate, comfy pajamas and Christmas movies are our must haves!
Jenna Von Oy
courtesy of www.cradlechronicles.com
Christmas has always been a magical holiday for me. Now that I have my own family, I’m excited to carry on the traditions I was raised with. This includes, but certainly isn’t limited to, decorating the tree while simultaneously listening to our favorite Christmas compilation and dancing crazily around the living room. It’s a sight to see! In my childhood, this calamity often occurred into the wee hours of the morning and tended to frighten any visiting friends. Sometimes we added hot cocoa to the mix, as we discovered the sugar rush greatly improved our stamina. Good times. My poor husband has endured that madness on several occasions, though he protested any participation and declared his dance card full. I don’t blame him. Sadly, my siblings can no longer join me as easily, as we are too spread out across the country to really do our dance number justice. Somehow, leaping across the kitchen to the Nutcracker Suite via Skype, just doesn’t have the same effect. I thoroughly miss causing a ruckus with my sister and brothers, and I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to join in the fun. I only hope the Christmas spirit runs through her veins like it does mine!
Our family traditions do not end there… one of our fondest is to attend midnight mass together on Christmas Eve. From a spiritual standpoint, this has always been essential for us. My Dad sings in the choir at midnight mass, which gives us that much deeper of a connection. This year we can’t be back on the East Coast to appreciate his beautiful voice in person, but we will be singing along in spirit as we attend our own church here in Nashville.
When I was little, my mom began the yearly custom of gifting us each with an ornament. They have served as keepsakes to remind us of the wonderful memories we shared each year. Brad and I have happily continued this tradition, and we were excited to buy Gray her first ornament this Christmas. Now that we have our own little family, we’ve also decided to add a brand new tradition, and took Gray to pick out a small pine tree to boast that new ornament she’s getting. Once Christmas is over, we will be choosing a spot in our yard, so we can plant the tree together as a family. It will be a wonderful way to appreciate all of the blessings the New Year brings.
-Jenna von Oy www.cradlechronicles.com
Thank you to all our Celebrity Moms & Dads for spending the holidays with us! We love hearing how they wrap up the year and build on family and traditions!
For more on your favorite Celeb's celebrating the holidays, check out our 2010 Holiday Feature HERE