The holidays are time for giving back and catching up with friends. So this week we did just that—with Reese Witherspoon at the Baby2Baby Holiday Party, which she hosted along with Tiny Prints. Between the arts and crafts, visits with Santa, and mini horse and buggy rides with low-income local L.A. children, the actress-producer shared with us her family’s holiday traditions and why every mom should make her own decisions when it comes to raising kids. Read on.
Glamour: This is so much fun! Why was it important to you to host the party today?
Reese Witherspoon: Everybody needs a boost in life, particularly over the holidays. That little extra bit that can really help a low-income family. Diapers are expensive and really hard to keep supplied. I’ve had three kids myself; it’s just endless! It’s nice to be able to spread the message of Baby2Baby and how we can help and reach out to the communities around us. People are looking for things to do and give back—just clean out your storage closet and send it to Baby2Baby. They would love your old crib or your stroller.
Glamour: Tiny Prints is cohosting with you today. They make adorable cards. Do you do special family portraits for your Christmas cards?
RW: No, I just make the children smash together on the couch and take a photo! Or if we’re traveling in a pretty place, I smash them together and get the photo. They grumble about it a little sometimes, but I always remind them that they’ll be happy years from now when they see it.
Glamour: What are your family’s holiday traditions?
RW: We do Advent calendars, Christmas caroling with the neighborhood families, and, of course, we have our silly things: We make ginger bread houses…it’s all those little things that remind the children that there’s such a nice history and tradition in our family, the things that we do and we eat, and they love that.
Glamour: In Sing, which comes out next week, you play a pig who gives up her dream of being a singer to mother 25 piglets. A lot of moms these days are mommy shamed for either their choice to stay home and raise kids, their choice to be a working mother, or even for how they raise their kids.
RW: Every woman feels guilty if they’re working or guilty if they’re staying home all the time. There are all sorts of factors in between about economics and what each family needs. Actually my next show, Big Little Lies, [premiering on HBO in February] has a lot to do with that and about the complexity of women’s lives and the choices they have to make that affect their self-esteem and their marriage and their family.
Glamour: What would you say to moms who are facing mommy-shaming?
RW: You have to just live your life and make your own choices. Every family is different, and every family has to make their own choices, based on their circumstances. You have to rise above any negativity and know that you’re doing the right thing for your family.
Glamour: That’s great advice. Happy Holidays!
RW: Thank you!
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