"Usually I dress as Santa and sneak outside," the star tells PEOPLE

Oscar winner Sandra Bullock opens up for the first time about fostering and adopting her 3½-year-old daughter, Laila. Subscribe now for instant access to the exclusive interview, plus the adorable family photos of Laila and brother Louis, or pick up PEOPLE on newsstands Friday!

Sandra Bullock is gearing up for her first Christmas as a mom of two — and she has a few ideas in mind.

“Usually I dress as Santa and sneak outside so that there is a Santa sighting in the dark Christmas Eve,” the mom of 5-year-old Louis and 3½-year-old Laila tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s cover story.

“But Louis is onto me that I always have to ‘walk the dog’ when the family has their sighting. So I ordered the XL Santa suit this year and will pass the torch to my brother-in-law so I may watch Laila see him for the first time.”

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As for her children’s wish lists, she says her daughter — whom she adopted after first fostering — is obsessed with Grammy winner Bruno Mars. (The little girl calls him “Bwoono Maws.”)

Says the star: “I will spend Christmas trying to convince Bwoono Maws to be under the tree!”


But more than anything, adds Bullock, “the most magical part will be watching Louis show a little girl who may never have had a Christmas before what it’s all about.”

To learn more about adoption and fostering in the U.S., go to adoptuskids.org and kids-alliance.org.

— J.D. Heyman