10 celeb Christmas traditions you’ll want to steal [Photo Gallery]

Local and Hollywood celeb parents inspire us with their unique Christmas traditions!

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22 Dec 2017

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Besides the scrumptious spread and festive decorations, you’ll soon realise that the true spirit of Christmas is about building strong bonds with your loved ones and friends.


You don’t need frosty the snowman or Santa Baby to climb down your chimney in order to enjoy a holly jolly Christmas. Having an annual Yuletide tradition is a sure-fire way to nurture a close relationship with your loved ones and make everyone looks forward to the yearly festive get-togethers.


When done right, a beautiful family tradition may be passed down through the generations.


Scroll through our gallery to find out how you can have a merry little Christmas with your loved ones, just like these celebs…


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Have more memorable Christmas party conversations: Anna Faris
Have more memorable Christmas party conversations: Anna Faris
22 Dec 2017

Have more memorable Christmas party conversations: Anna Faris

Avoid boring chatter about how the past year have been — or worse — local politics with loved ones by replacing these subjects with interesting conversation starters. American actress Faris, 41, told Us Weekly magazine, “In my family, someone brings up a subject — anything from best vacation memory to worst wedding toast and everyone goes around the table and [shares their stories].” You can also rope in the kids to come up with questions or topics that they’ll like to talk about during Christmas dinner. (Photo: Huffington Post)

Go overseas: George Young
Go overseas: George Young
22 Dec 2017

Go overseas: George Young

Here’s another way to enjoy a unique and memorable Christmas with the fam: take a flight out of town and enjoy the festivities overseas. The FLY Entertainment artiste, 37, who’s married to Taiwanese TV host Janet Hsieh, says he never knows where on earth he’ll end up during Christmas. “Last year I was in England; a year or so before that I was in Texas, and this year I'll be in Taiwan — with a 2 ½-month-old son, Egan — no less.” This Christmas will be particularly special for Young as it’ll be the first he’ll be spending as a newly minted dad. As for what would be on the Young family’s (pun intended) Christmas itinerary, Young says it’ll be eating, eating, television, presents and eating. “There's something about Christmas isn't there? We react to food on that day as if someone forgot to feed us for 364 days and I'll be sure to teach my son the ways of Christmas Eating when he's ready for solid foods. Not this Christmas...next year, Egan, next year...”

MY WISH FOR 2018 IS… Janet and I wish for eight hours of sleep, instead of the two to four hours that we're currently getting. I'm skipping the letter to Santa Claus this year and going straight to the man who can help with that: Egan, please read this as soon as you're able to read, thank you. (Photo: Instagram/George Young/photographer)

 

<Title> Get the kids involved in prep work: Jamie Oliver
Get the kids involved in prep work: Jamie Oliver
22 Dec 2017

Get the kids involved in prep work: Jamie Oliver

There’s no denying that whipping up a Christmas day meal is a tedious and time consuming process. So, kill two birds with one stone by turning the prep work into a bonding session with your brood. The British celebrity chef tells Good Housekeeping Magazine he’ll head to the supermarket with one of his daughters the night before Christmas Eve for them to enjoy “a nice bit of daddy and daughter time.” The father of five children — Poppy, 15, Daisy, 14, Petal, 8, Buddy, 7 and River, 1 — says that’s when the shelves will also be filled with the freshest stuff without the crazy crowds. (Photo: Hello Magazine)

Have a gratitude-themed Christmas tree: Jennifer Garner
Have a gratitude-themed Christmas tree: Jennifer Garner
22 Dec 2017

Have a gratitude-themed Christmas tree: Jennifer Garner

Christmas trees are a yuletide essential but that doesn’t mean you should stick to the same old tree every year. American actress Garner makes in a point to start a gratitude Christmas tree with her three kids — Violet, 12, Serphina, 8 and Samuel, 5. The Hollywood actress tells Us Weekly Magazine, “I always make a gratitude tree and hang it up and then we make leaves and write things that we're grateful for on them every day of November.” You could also take it a step further and create different themes for each year. Try themes like wishes for the New Year, the biggest achievements for the year and what I’ve learnt. (Photo: Daily Mail)

You got to “perform” to get rewarded with yuletide gifts: Michelle Obama
You got to “perform” to get rewarded with yuletide gifts: Michelle Obama
22 Dec 2017

You got to “perform” to get rewarded with yuletide gifts: Michelle Obama

America’s former first lady Michelle Obama once revealed to InStyle magazine that because her extended family was so big,  they couldn’t afford to buy gifts for everyone. “So a couple of my aunts would go out and purchase small gifts. They would put them in a basket and in order to get a gift you had to perform.” One child might tell a joke, another may read a poem or do a backflip — any and everything counts. (Photo: The White House)

Indulge in a friendly family game: Prince William
Indulge in a friendly family game: Prince William
22 Dec 2017

Indulge in a friendly family game: Prince William

Prince William and Harry have in the recent years started a tradition to play a game of football on Chirstmas Eve. The football-mad British Royals would each don a pair of socks showcasing their allegiance to their favourite teams — Aston Villa for Prince William and Arsenal for Prince Harry. Besides football, why not no keep your brood busy playing catching or a board game to keep their idle minds and hands occupied. (Photo: People Magazine)

Have a fusion Christmas meal: Siau Jiahui
Have a fusion Christmas meal: Siau Jiahui
22 Dec 2017

Have a fusion Christmas meal: Siau Jiahui

You don’t have to cancel Christmas just because you haven’t got ham or turkey. Take a page out of 

YES 933 DJ Siau Jiahui’s Christmas get-together playbook and have an East-meets-West meal. The family feast, which takes place over at Siau and her hubby, Mr T’s new apartment, features pasta and Chinese dishes like stewed meat lovingly prepared by Siau’s mum. And there’ll also be hawker fare like Yam Cake and Soya Chicken, too. Siau notes, “Yes, I know it's an atypical Christmas menu but hey, it's the company that matters!” Christmas is also another reason to meet with your brothers and sisters from another mother. Siau notes she’ll have an annual gathering with her secondary school mates and their families, too. The toughest challenge? Picking out gifts for nine children between the ages of 1 and 10. Siau reveals, “I have to admit that I'm not good in springing surprises, but the gifts that I pick out are usually very practical!”

MY WISH FOR 2018 IS… to exercise more! That's my resolution every year but of course, there would be times when my laziness would overwhelm everything. I hope that with better health, I would be able to strike a good balance between family and work and of course, find the energy to immerse myself in love of my family. (Photo: Instagram/Siau Jiahui)

Give tinker toys: Steven Chia
Give tinker toys: Steven Chia
22 Dec 2017

Give tinker toys: Steven Chia

The next time you’re wrecking your brains over what gifts to get for your close friends’ and colleagues’ offspring, try going with something D-I-Y, instead. Channel NewsAsia presenter Steven Chia says, “This year, we’ve actually bought a few more DIY toys for the kids like a solar powered car that our son will have to build by himself.” Chia’s daughter, who enjoys arts and crafts, will get craft materials to make whatever she wants. Chia enthuses Christmas is a yearly must-do event for the family and the two weeks surrounding Christmas are “just a time to kick back and relax.” As for his wishes for 2018, Chia hopes his daughter will get to enjoy a balance between her studies and “normal” life despite her PSLE. “We don’t want to make it a year of just studying because we know that would not be good for her. But at the same time, because of the way the system is here, you can’t just disregard it and lead a “normal” life. So finding that balance next year will really be challenging.” We hear ya, Steven!

MY WISH FOR 2018 IS… to find a better balance in how we spend our time [as a family]. (Photo: Steven Chia)

Give eco-friendly gifts: Tay Kewei
Give eco-friendly gifts: Tay Kewei
22 Dec 2017

Give eco-friendly gifts: Tay Kewei

Besides tucking into a good meal with close pals, the 34-year-old local singer and her hubby, Alfred Sim, 36, share a unique and fun gift exchange tradition that’s oh-so-good for the environment. Tay notes, the gift-exchange is based on the concept that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. “So instead of buying generic gifts — like home fragrances, mugs or portable chargers — for gift exchange, we bring something from our homes that are not useful to us but it’s also too good to be thrown away.” In the same eco-friendly spirit of the exchange, all gifts are to be wrapped only in newspapers or magazines! “It’s so much more fun and entertaining as we have to explain our choice of gifts, and why we don't need it. I love how eco-friendlyand money-saving — this can be, as too much resources go into the frenzied production of gifts that are unnecessary during this festive season.”

MY WISH FOR 2018 IS… to have more music collaborations and to up my game for my singing career! (Photo: Instagram/Tay Kewei)

Take a break from tradition: Wong Li Lin
Take a break from tradition: Wong Li Lin
22 Dec 2017

Take a break from tradition: Wong Li Lin

Meeting your loved ones every year can turn your festive celebrations into a humdrum affair. If so, you could also take a break from tradition ever so often and head abroad to visit your friends, too! Former TV actress, Wong Li Lin shares, she’ll be heading to Scotland with her kiddos to spend Christmas with one of her best friends who’s like a sister to her. “It will be very festive with her three sisters and family. We will have over 14 Kids under one roof!” If they weren’t going on the trip, Wong says her kids would probably be spending Christmas in Los Angeles with their grandparents and cousins. “There’ll be a Christmas Eve dinner and presents first thing on Christmas Day, followed by having relatives over for food, drinks and games [later] in the day.”

MY WISH FOR 2018 IS… Goodness in all forms. (Photo: Wong Li Lin)

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