It’s simple to assume that the kids of famous people receive a tonne of toys on Christmas.
But as Drew Barrymore just stated in a new interview, that is definitely not the case in her family.
Barrymore clarified that although she doesn’t buy presents for her children Olive, 10, and Frankie, 8, during the holiday season, she still spoils them.
Speaking to ET, Barrymore shared: “I always take them on a trip every Christmas. I don’t get them presents, which I think at their ages they don’t love, but I say, ‘I think we’ll remember the place and the photos and the experience and that’s what I want to give you’.”
She continued: “They get plenty of things throughout the year, so I’m not like some weird, strict, cold mom who’s like, ‘You don’t get any gifts!’
“I just feel like a better gift would be a life memory. I’d rather invest [in that than in] a doll house or something. It all evens out and it’s fine. I’m glad I do what I do.”
As for the holiday season as a whole, the doting mum added: “[I try] to remember that one holiday won’t be probably the same as one 10 years from now, that your life can dramatically change, and new people and new traditions can come into it.
“I like looking at the holidays through a comedic, realistic lens of, we’re gonna have a lot of different holiday stories.”
What one do you want to continue and establish as a tradition? asked Barrymore in conclusion. Instead of saying, “I’m stuck with this since it’s my custom,”
This month, several well-known figures besides Drew Barrymore have also revealed some of their parenting strategies.
In a December interview with restaurateur Ruth Rogers for her podcast, Ruthie’s Table 4, Gwyneth Paltrow disclosed the one rule her children must abide by when it comes to dinnertime.
Apple, 18, and Moses, 16, are Paltrow and ex-husband Chris Martin’s children. Paltrow said: “We always have supper together as a family, with no phones allowed at the table. You engage in a lot of conversation with them and learn what their opinions are.
“I think my father made me feel that I was valuable during those dinners because he really elicited our opinions and asked questions and my brother and I were very much a part of the conversation.”