Actress Mila Kunis and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, have made headlines after announcing they won’t be putting any presents under the Christmas tree for their kids. Starting this year, the couple is instituting a new holiday tradition, one that they feel will benefit their family and others.
Kunis, who is anticipating the release of her most recent film, “Bad Moms Christmas,” isn’t really a bad mom at all. After recognizing how overwhelmed their toddler was at the mountain of gifts under the tree last year, Kunis and Kutcher agreed the Christmas craze wouldn’t happen again.
The couple has spent a busy year adapting to being parents of two. Their daughter, Wyatt, is now 3 years old, and their son, Dmitri, is almost 12 months old.
“So far, our tradition is no presents for the kids,” Kunis told Entertainment Tonight. “We’re instituting it this year because when the kids are [younger than] one, it doesn’t really matter.”
“Last year when we celebrated Christmas, Wyatt was two and it was too much,” Kunis explained. “We didn’t give her anything — it was the grandparents.”
This year, Kunis and Kutcher are hoping for a simpler, calmer Christmas. “We’ve told our parents, ‘We’re begging you — if you have to give her something, pick one gift,” Kunis said.
“Otherwise, we’d like to take a charitable donation to the Children’s Hospital or a pet — whatever you want,” Kunis continued. “That’s our new tradition.”
Kunis, who came to America from communist Russia, has enjoyed the “magical quality” of celebrating Christmas in the states. “We come to America and we’re like, ‘Christmas is so inclusive,’” Kunis recalled, especially compared to the stoic holidays she remembers from her time in Russia.
“In Russia, back in the day, it was a very religious holiday, so you don’t celebrate Christmas if you’re not Christian and if you’re not at Mass,” Kunis explained. “So, I being Jewish, was like, ‘Christmas is not for you.’”
Over the years, Kunis’ family has learned to embrace all the joy and togetherness that Christmas has to offer. “It’s all family time, but having kids, we’re building up our own little versions of tradition,” Kunis said.
What do you think about this tradition? Have you ever tried anything similar?
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