What’s your favorite holiday treat?
“I’m a big eggnog person. Not the eggnog with alcohol; the stuff you buy in the stores. It’s an acquired taste, but I like eggnog and gingerbread cookies.”
“I love my mom’s green-bean casserole. It’s nothing fancy. It’s straight from the can, Jersey-style, and delicious.”
“Pumpkin pie is my favorite. I usually have it for my birthday, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would eat it every day if I could.”
“Can I go with a multiple choice? It could be a blueberry crunch cake, a three-layer pie or peach cobbler—all made by my grandmother.”
“I love sugar cookies in the shape of Christmas trees. They are so good!”
“My mom’s stuffing is really, really yummy. She just makes the best food.”
—JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT
“I love candy canes. It’s just one of those things.”
What’s one holiday dish you refuse to try?
“I won’t try fruitcakes because so many jokes have been made about how bad and how thick they are.”
“Cranberry sauce. I don’t know what that pile of goo is. It’s a pretty color, but I would never put that on my plate.”
“My mom’s oyster stuffing. I don’t like oysters. But I never said anything to her. So when she reads this…sorry, Mom!”
What fun decorations do you put up?
“Every kitschy thing you can name. A plastic tree. My puppy Topper is going to live in a doghouse with lights. Everything is tacky but fabulous.”
“We have Mardi Gras beads—that I earned the right way! After the tree goes up, the tradition is everyone flings them onto the tree. They look like little jewels all over.”
—MARCIA GAY HARDEN
“I had light-up reindeer—each child had their own for a long time. Now I don’t know whether they work anymore!”
“My mom has these stockings that she’s had since we were kids, and she just gave them to me last year. I just love them.”
“My wife [Marisol] and I are Christmas geeks! When we were in Germany, we got a wooden Christmas carousel. We always try to pick up things during our travels.”
“We have this Santa Claus that starts singing and dancing to ‘Jingle Bell Rock.’ It has a sensor on it so every time somebody walks past it, the Santa starts moving its butt!”
What’s the best present you ever received?
“I don’t get to hang out with my family much, so my biggest gift is always going and hanging out with my family.”
“Diane [Kruger] gave me a Vespa. It took me 45 minutes to get to work in New York, but with the Vespa, it took 15!”
“People tell me I’m difficult to buy for. I say, buy me golf balls, because I lose them.”
—SAMUEL L. JACKSON
“My engagement ring. My husband, Mark, got me a waffle maker, a panini maker and a scarf, and I was like, ‘Well thanks!’ And he was like, ‘Oh, wait, I have something else!’ It was a nice moment.”
—MELISSA JOAN HART
“My first guitar. It was an electric Univox guitar. I was 13 and disappointed because it wasn’t under the tree, but my parents played a gag and kept it under the couch.”
—JON BON JOVI
Which relative is the most entertaining at the holidays?
“David’s son [Duncan, 38]. He is very funny and very English, so whatever he says you laugh at.”
“My grandpa is hilarious. He will make you laugh for hours because he has the coolest stories and jokes.”
“Khloe, because she always buys people inappropriate gifts!”
“My father-in-law. He makes good food and good drinks. And he’s really jovial.”
“That would have to be my niece Isabella [brother Drew’s 3-year-old daughter]. She loves being the center of attention.”