Home For the Holidays
The cast of Home & Family on the Hallmark Channel shares their holiday plans.
This year is really special since we welcomed our new baby, Parker, in July. It will be our first Christmas as a family of seven (five people/two dogs). Between hosting Home & Family and the Rose Parade broadcast on KTLA, we need to stay local—which is what I prefer. We love to decorate the house, shop for gifts that are both fun and meaningful, take lots of photographs and maintain holiday traditions.
We’re in the process of looking for a new home. So our hope is that by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, we will be all moved in and can have our feast there. We want to start making memories in our new home for our 15-month-old daughter, Molly, so we’re staying put for the holidays.
I’m headed back east to visit my family in Virginia, where I grew up. I love having quality time with my mom, my sister, my brother, my sister-in-law and my brother-in-law … and of course my nieces and nephews! One of my favorite things is being able to see my best friend who, believe it or not, has been my best friend since second grade.
This holiday season I’m looking forward to spending quality time with my family. Even though it sounds cliché, my entire family leads such busy lives that we don’t often have time to gather and unwind in one place. It is even more important to me now that we have multiple generations to celebrate. My grandma is in her 80s and loves to tell stories of the past.
Normally for Thanksgiving we go visit my family in Michigan. But this year I will have a newborn baby, so we’ll spend time with our family that lives here in California. I am, however, always in charge of desserts, and last year I made eight pies! We always spend Christmas at home. Since I am an Italian girl, on Christmas Eve I always make “The Feast of the Seven Fishes,” cioppino. My grandfather made this dish every year when I was growing up.
Thanksgiving is spent at my parents’ house in Denver, where I grew up, and the house is filled with memories. My favorite time of year is when I walk into the house and smell my mom’s Thanksgiving dinner. It is my favorite meal of all time. I always have second helpings of pecan pie.