11/29/2008 at 01:25 PM EST
Ready to start her Christmas shopping, Reese Witherspoon
says she's going to set limits on the presents for her kids.
"I'm a little strict about that kind of stuff," Witherspoon, 32, the mother of Ava, 9, and Deacon, 5, tells the BBC
. "I think kids do best when they only have a couple of things that they really enjoy. I try and stay away from the gluttony of things. They don't appreciate it as much. When they only get one or two things they really like it."
Busy promoting Four Christmases
with Vince Vaughn, Witherspoon says she's "just not getting into the spirit" of Christmas – an ironic issue she'll soon remedy.
"I'm going to definitely start doing the Christmas shopping, the whole thing," she says.
Christmas will have her doing the cooking – "I really enjoy that part of it," she says – and a holiday tradition that only an Academy Award-winning actress could have: the children dressing up her Oscar.
"At Christmas time they put a little hat on him and a little scarf," she says, "so he doesn't get cold."