By peoplestaff225
Updated December 11, 2009 08:00 AM

Before he was honored at the Aid for AIDS International Awards’ My Hero Gala last week, Mark Consuelos was quick to downplay the notion that his efforts at home are anything approaching heroic. “Well, it’s the basic things, like taking the kids to school,” the 38-year-old actor explains. “I think it’s a family effort.”

An admitted stickler for keeping things tidy, Mark says that Christmas morning in the home he shares with wife Kelly Ripa and the couple’s three children Michael Joseph, 12, Lola Grace, 8 ½, and Joaquin Antonio, 6 ½, is organized chaos.

“I’m pretty neat, so it’s a lot of garbage bags and a vacuum cleaner,” he explains. “By noon, all the stuff’s gone, the presents are away and you have your house back.”

Speaking of presents, the kids want “everything” under the tree but “one of them is afraid they’re going to get coal,” Mark jokes. “I’m not going to say which one, but they’re convinced they’re going to get coal.” Gifts — both naughty and nice — will be opened in an idyllic setting, however, with Mark revealing,

Kelly, for her part, said she was looking forward to fulfilling a Christmas tradition of her own with Lola. “We go to the Nutcracker every year, but I vow every year to do it more,” she says. “That’s my contribution to cultural society.”

Source: OK!

— Missy