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updated 12/03/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/03/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

Family Celebrations

4 BIRTHDAY BLOWOUT
It was a very good year for Oprah, Jessica Simpson and Simon Cowell

11 KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY
From Grandma's china to a Texas flag, stars reveal their heirlooms

14 ANY DAY'S A HOLIDAY
Why wait until the calendar says so? These families create their own beloved rituals

17 FROM CHINA,WITH LOVE
For their two daughters, a Virginia couple invent Family-versary

18 A DOG'S LIFE
Feted each year, four generations of Boston terriers prove every Skippy has his day: Aug. 17

20 CREATE A TRADITION
Same spot, same shot. Annual photos of the kids can be precious keepsakes

22 TIMES OF THEIR LIVES
Stars find the perfect gifts to give and get by the pool, for a good report card or even falling from the sky!

24 STARS TALK TURKEY
Do celebs overeat, watch football and nap after dinner? Find out

28 THANKSGIVING
Second Time Around's Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Parker, Medical Investigation's Kelli Williams, and Patty Duke and son Mackenzie Astin explain the meaning of food and family

32 FEASTING WITH THE STARS
From a new book, Andre Agassi serves up a winning turkey recipe, with side dishes from Chelsea Clinton, Joan Lunden and Tori Amos

38 CHRISTMAS: MERRY MEMORIES
Julia Roberts, Ashanti, Matt Damon and other luminaries recall what made childhood holidays bright

42 COMFORT & JOY
Hope & Faith star Faith Ford brings the decorations and sumptuous meals of Christmas in her native Louisiana to New York City

48 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
Clay Aiken, CSI's Gary Dourdan, country singer Julie Roberts and Crossing Jordan's Jerry O'Connell introduce us to their families

51 SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS
How celebs get in the spirit of Chanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year's and Chinese New Year

67 NOVEL HOLIDAYS
Authors Maya Angelou and Pat Conroy dish up family favorites from their latest works—cookbooks

71 DECORATE LIKE A PRO!
TV designers show how to get your holiday house in order

77 CHRISTMAS PAST
Holiday photos from famous families

80 MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Denise Richards can't wait to celebrate with her baby daughter Sam

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