Hollywood Stars Share Their Holiday Thoughts And Traditions

LOS ANGELES - The holiday season is a time for family get-togethers even for Hollywood celebrities who are busy making movies, doing interviews, press junkets, and red carpet appearances all year round.

We have gathered some of the stars who are sharing their thoughts and traditions during this special time of the year:

Tim Allen

I would have never been close to Christmas had I not played Santa Claus and had some very emotional experiences playing him. I found out that not only did it relate to the memories I had as a child but also I see other children as they relate to that.

I love Christmas because no matter what I do, if I don't watch TV so much and...stay away from television and the advertising during the season, get out, and give a little bit of your personal time to other people, you find that underneath it all there is a wonderful spirit at that time of the year that you can't destroy with gifts and toys.

Cameron Diaz

I think that it's important if you're on a holiday not to take advantage of being there. If it feels like it's going downhill, you just have to figure a way to make it work. The thing that works for me is not to make any plans. I make a plan to go somewhere but then I don't get disappointed if something doesn't work out. If something doesn't work, then I just go to the next thing. So that way, I don't get disappointed. I just keep having fun. The best holidays for me are always when I'm with a group of friends. I love being with my friends because everybody is so spread out. I also love being with my family during the holidays.

Kate Winslet

To be honest, I have always had a great time at Christmas just because of my family. We're very traditional about it. It's always traditional English family Christmas with lots of food, lots of people and presents, laughing and singing. We have log fires and a huge turkey.

Robert Downey, Jr.

You can look forward to the holidays with the family and then dread it halfway through. Hey, man. Hey, brother. And it's pretty ironic half the time. The description of insanity, someone told me, is repeating the same actions and expecting different results. You know, like this time. You freak out at this time when Uncle dot dot dot won't get hammered and fall down the stairs like the last three years, you know, all that stuff.

Reese Witherspoon

I always have a caroling party every year. People come over and we sing Christmas carols around a piano. People really have fun with that. So the kids know that I am going to definitely embarrass them with making them sing ''12 Days Of Christmas.''

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