The actress says she wants "a man who can just get down there and build it"

By Monique Jessen
Updated November 18, 2008 03:30 PM
Credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Forget buying diamonds or shoes, Jake. Reese Witherspoon only has two things on her Christmas wish list: a chicken coop, and someone to build it for her.

“Oh, I want someone to build me a good chicken coop … like a man who can just get down there and build it … ooh,” the actress, who dates Jake Gyllenhaal, tells USA Today.

Witherspoon, who stars in the upcoming comedy Four Christmases with Vince Vaughn, says Christmas at her house this year will offer a chance to feast on her southern specialities – turnip greens, pecan-coated sweet potatoes and sugar-baked ham – and escape to the family farm outside of Los Angeles with kids Ava, 9, and Deacon, 5.

“We feed the chickens and the pigs – I have two pigs, and boy are they really pigs. They just get down in that mud and roll around,” she says. “I like getting down in there and working in the garden.

Witherspoon’s other family Christmas plans include caroling around the tree and watching Ava and Deacon perform in a Christmas Eve pageant.

Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe finalized their divorce in June.