Merry Memories

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

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

"Everyone knows they can come to my house and be fed until they're stuffed! I make the dinner my mother used to make: turkey, stuffing and pumpkin and chocolate pie"
JULIA ROBERTS (to Britain's OK! magazine)

"I'm an only child, so I'm really close with my parents. I think my biggest tradition is still leaving milk and cookies out. My parents just won't let it go! They eat the chocolate chip cookies and milk!"

"Growing up in Minnesota, we would take a walk in the snow on Christmas Eve. It would either be snowing or there would be a lot of stars out"

"It makes me happy to see the people I love happy. Last year I decked my sister Kenashia out. She's into Prada and Dior so I bought her a bunch of stuff. And I really made my parents happy. My father had it pretty bad. He used to work as an electrician and they would make him come in on Christmas. So I bought my mom a Mercedes Benz and my father a Navigator. The best part was the surprise. I was like, 'I wasn't able to get you guys what I wanted. I got you something small.' I brought them to the garage, hit the buttons, and the doors opened to reveal the cars. That was the first time I saw my father cry."

"My older sister sleepwalked and tore the tree down the night before Christmas. I think I was 8 at the time"

"It was interesting to spend last Christmas with cameras in our faces. It's family time and I was like, 'Cool, there are cameras here' "
ASHLEE SIMPSON (who was being filmed for Newlyweds on MTV)

"Listening to my Nat King Cole Christmas album. The holidays don't get started until I play that records"

"My mom would start cooking two weeks before Christmas. My house would smell amazing. Christmas Eve is the big day in my family. My mom makes the traditional Italian fish dinner, with cold fish salad. We make pasta with lobster. We exchange presents and do things like that on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day is just real mellow"

"We don't have any big, monstrous tradition so sacrosanct that if you end up not doing it the holidays are ruined. We put up a tree and stockings every year, but that's about it for the ritual. The closest thing we have to tradition is watching It's a Wonderful Life at some point during the holidays."

"My mom and dad divorced when I was 2, but the guy my mom was with for 16 years was also a parental figure in my life. Every Christmas Eve my dad would come despite the fact that they were divorced and would sleep on the couch because he wanted to be there when my brother and I woke up in the morning. So he and my mother and my mother's boyfriend would stay up after we went to bed and wrap all the gifts and get everything all ready for us. That was probably my favorite tradition growing up—waking up and having all the parents there and thinking Santa Claus had come."

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