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November 18, 2016 04:16 PM

It’s almost time for Christmas with the royal cousins.

Zara Tindall, whose mom is the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne, opened up about her excitement for the holidays — especially seeing her adorable toddler daughter Mia play with her cousins Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the royal family’s annual Christmas gathering at Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham House.

Tindall, tells U.K. magazine Country Living, “Having all the generations of my family together at Christmas is my favorite part of the season,” says Tindall, 35, who is married to ex-rugby player Mike.

“Mia will share this Christmas with lots of her cousins, some very close in age to her, and I think this year will be the one when she really starts to understand it all,” Tindall adds.

The cousins are all close in age: Mia will be 3 in January, Charlotte turns 2 in May and George will be 4 in July. Mia’s first cousins Savannah and Isla (the children of Zara’s brother Peter) are 5 and 4 respectively. The royals tend to gather on Christmas Eve and attend church together the following day.

It’s too early to say if Prince William and Princess Kate will take their children to church this year.

“It’s a time of year that is about being with people you love, great food and loads of games to play,”  the former Olympic equestrian says in the December issue of the magazine that is on sale now.

She adds, “We’re fairly traditional in our preparations for the holiday season. Horses are still involved of course, but they also get a bit of a rest at this time of year, too. I am sure Mia will enjoy decorating the tree and the house, and on Christmas Eve we’ll get the carrots and mince pies out for Father Christmas and the reindeer.”

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