Why Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Are Giving Their Kids Zero Christmas Gifts
Mila Kunis has become somewhat of a champion of unapologetic parenting, from supporting women's decisions to breastfeed in public to her commitment to raising down-to-earth children. The mother of two recently shed more light on how she and husband Ashton Kutcher are making up their own rules when it comes to Christmas—and it involves giving up one of the most popular traditions of the holiday.
"So far, our tradition is no presents for the kids," Kunis reveals in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "We're instituting it this year because when the kids are [younger than] one, it doesn't really matter. Last year when we celebrated Christmas, Wyatt was 2, and it was too much. We didn't give her anything—it was the grandparents. The kid no longer appreciates the one gift. They don't even know what they're expecting; they're just expecting stuff."
Instead, she and Kutcher have asked their parents to give only one Christmas present to each of their kid or opt to make a charitable donation to the Children's Hospital, Kunis says.
The actress—who stars alongside Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn in Bad Moms Christmas, the sequel to Bad Moms that hits theaters this November—explains that she didn't celebrate the gift-giving holiday until after her family emigrated from Russia to America. "I come from communist Russia, where you're not allowed to be happy, so my holiday traditions are 'be quiet,'" Kunis shares. Growing up Jewish, the actress says that Christmas in the U.S. was much more inclusive: "As far as tradition goes, my family's big on any excuse to get the family together and get drunk. Whether it's Easter, which we've now all accepted into our Jewish household, or Christmas, it doesn't matter. It's all family time, but having kids, we're building up our own little versions of tradition."
Read the full interview—including Kunis's refreshing take on post-baby bods—over at Entertainment Tonight, and share your thoughts on her and Kutcher's new Christmas tradition in the comments.