LOS ANGELES?Merry Christmas, dear readers! We continue our column on the stars? thoughts about the holidays:
Johnny Depp couldn?t help but smile when he shared with us this anecdote about his son: ?My boy, Jack, who?s now 8, once wrote his Christmas wish list to Santa, ?I want this, I want that?? On the back of the sheet, he wrote, in enormous letters, ?NO CLOTHES!? I have to frame that one.?
The actor, who stars with Angelina Jolie in the Venice-set ?The Tourist,? added, ?My daughter Lily Rose, who?s 11, is incredibly sophisticated. Barbies are way down her list now. What are on her wish list are these fashion-y type things.
?The tradition that my kids are very interested in is opening presents,? Johnny cracked. ?They?re chomping at the bit right now.?
Jack Black stars in ?Gulliver?s Travels,? but understandably, the busy actor prefers not to do any traveling during the holidays. In fact, that?s his Christmas wish?no traveling, so he can be with his family. His most memorable Yuletide present? A gleaming red Schwinn bike he received when he was ?about 6 or 7 years old.?
For Nicole Kidman, having Sunday Rose, her 2-year-old daughter with country music star, Keith Urban, it?s ?back to leaving cookies for Santa and his reindeer. That?s the beautiful thing about having a baby. Not just any baby, but a little girl?when you have that in your 40s, you get to do that Santa bit all over again. It?s divine!?
Reese Witherspoon, who topbills James Brooks? ?How Do You Know,? asked how her holidays would be different with a new boyfriend (Jim Toth), laughed heartily and replied, ?I don?t know yet. We?ve never spent Christmas together.? She described her beau as ?part Italian and Hungarian, so it will be interesting.?
?I make my mother?s champagne punch, which is basically just champagne and ginger ale,? the actress remarked with a chuckle. ?Everybody has too much to drink and sings loudly. It?s fun! We watch the kids rip through their presents. They have the best time.?
Jack Nicholson, who also stars in ?How Do You Know,? revealed, ?I did receive coal one Christmas.? He was about 5 years old. Breaking into his famous grin, Jack explained the naughty thing he did that made his parents (actually his grandparents, but that?s a long story) gift him with the proverbial lump of coal on Christmas: ?They shouldn?t have given me a saw for my birthday. I sawed off the dining room table.? Laughing, he asserted, ?It wasn?t my fault!?
Harrison Ford shared, ?We go shopping?just like everybody else. I see the holidays more in terms of it being a commercial enterprise rather than its original intention. But, the kids love it. We decorate the tree and all that. It?s nice to have the family together when we can.?
Christian Bale, a Best Supporting Actor contender this awards season for his performance in ?The Fighter,? playfully shared this anecdote: ?We have relatives who are too old and don?t have a good heart condition. They run around pretending to be Santa. I encourage my daughter to see if she can catch them.
?So, they have to run down the street. They always want to kill me afterward. They complain that they?re going to have a heart attack if they have to run again. That?s the only tradition we have. They know that my daughter is going to be around. She?s getting faster every day, so maybe this Christmas, she?ll catch all of them.?
Mark Wahlberg, a practicing Catholic, goes all-out during Christmas. ?We have the dinner and midnight mass,? enthused the actor who gives one of his best performances in ?The Fighter.? ?It?s always about the kids. My wife is adamant about getting lots of things for them. My children are as excited about Christmas as they are about their birthdays and Halloween. There?s always something going on at home.
?But, Christmas is the most exciting time of the year for children. It?s as much a spiritual as it is a celebratory event for them?gift-giving and all that,? Mark explained.
He reflected on how quickly Christmases come and go. ?I?m getting older fast,? the actor declared. ?I remember how once I thought, ?I can?t wait till I get to 17.? Then, it was, ?I can?t wait till I get to 21.? Now, I?m like, ?Slow down. The days are going by like hours.??