When most of us think of Christmas, we think of images like spending time with family, snow-covered trees, the smell of great cooking, and oh yeah if you’re a kid then it’s opening presents on December 25th.
Norman Rockwell captured the feel of the Holiday Season very well.
Notice the hugs and smiles on everyone’s faces? The kids are all excited to see everyone. And notice all the presents under the man’s arm.
We were a bit shocked to find out that Mila and Ashton don’t plan to give their kids any presents. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight Kunis spilled the beans on the no presents on Christmas.
It’s actually for a good reason. The two have been trying to do what’s right for the kids and don’t want to raise spoiled kids. Kunis says it more frankly as “raise a**holes.”
Kunis and Kutcher are the parents to 3-year-old Wyatt and 1-year-old Dimitri. And she remembers Christmas as being a lot different for her as a child.
“I come from communist Russia, where you’re not allowed to be happy, so my holiday traditions are ‘be quiet,’” Kunis shares. “Coming to America is when you realize Christmas has a magical quality to it. In Russia, back in the day, it was a very religious holiday, so you don’t celebrate Christmas if you’re not Christian and if you’re not at Mass. So, I being Jewish, was like, ‘Christmas is not for you.’”
Mila says the reason they decided on no gifts for Christmas this year was what happened last year.
“So far, our tradition is no presents for the kids,” she says. “We’re instituting it this year because when the kids are [younger than] one, it doesn’t really matter. Last year when we celebrated Christmas, Wyatt was two and it was too much. We didn’t give her anything — it was the grandparents. The kid no longer appreciates the one gift. They don’t even know what they’re expecting; they’re just expecting stuff.”
Although the grandparents tend to give a lot of gifts, this year Mila and Ashton are requesting their parents to limit to just one present.
“We’ve told our parents, ‘We’re begging you — if you have to give her something, pick one gift. Otherwise, we’d like to take a charitable donation, to the Children’s Hospital or a pet [or] whatever you want.’ That’s our new tradition.”
Not raising spoiled kids is a great goal, and if not giving presents on Christmas will do it then we are all for it. Besides, Mila and Ashton probably take care of any and all needs their children have year round.