As the oldest of four siblings, I was the first to find out that the supplier of Christmas presents isn’t the holly-jolly man in red that I thought it was. While of course that revelation was a little disappointing, learning the truth brought with it a sense of pride: I was a big kid, I was on my parents’ team now. And, therefore, I was so much cooler than my siblings.
That said, when you have multiple kids, being the keeper of the Santa secret can get a bit complicated. But does it have to ruin the holiday magic? Tiffani Thiessen is here to say ho-ho-no.
We sat down with the actress, author, and mother of two to discuss all things festive for her new partnership with JOANN, and let’s just say, when it comes to creating holiday magic for her family, Thiessen goes all. out.
In fact, Thiessen described one year in which she actually had her husband grab some of his boots and “put a bunch of dirt and mud on it” and placed boot prints trailing out of her chimney. Now that’s commitment!
Thiessen also shared that she starts decking the halls with holiday decorations before Thanksgiving. That’s right: right now, her L.A. home is stocked with a fully decorated Christmas tree, DIY wreaths, and festive couch pillows. To Thiessen, Thanksgiving is “just another extension of Christmas,” and she just loves “having the house looking festive.”
And when it comes to keeping the Christmas spirit alive, Thiessen tells SheKnows that having her 9-year-old daughter Harper “in on the magic” held more fun than she anticipated. While the moment can evoke some bittersweet feelings for a lot of parents — they grow up so fast! — Thiessen looks at it as a positive and describes the new dynamic between Harper and her Santa-believing brother, 4-year-old Holt, to be “very sweet.”
Similar to my previously found pride in being in on the secret, Harper has also enjoyed “being able to feel like she’s a big girl and she’s on our side,” relays Thiessen.
Plus, when you still have a little one at home who’s experiencing the magic of Santa for the first time, it can (almost) be just as fun to watch them go through it.
“I know as an adult, I feel like I’m reliving it all over again,” Thiessen tells SheKnows. “So, I know that’s sort of what it’s like for her — [she] gets to relive it with him.”
And if we’re being honest, while, yes, Christmas is all about Santa, it’s also about spending time with family, which is what Thiessen enjoys most about the holiday season. This year, she is soaking it all up by spending quality time with her kids to prepare for the big day and is most looking forward to crafting a new advent calendar, of which her family makes a new one every year.
So, if you’re the merry maker of Christmas magic at home, don’t fret: No matter who believes and doesn’t believe, it’ll be a merry little Christmas all the same.
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