Whether the presents are from “Santa” or Mom and Dad, kids eagerly anticipate ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ as a way to cash in on the year’s hottest toys. However, one celebrity couple says they won’t be getting their kids any Christmas presents at all this year. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mila Kunis says she and husband Aston Kutcher will not be giving their two kids, Dimitri, who turns one next month, and Wyatt, 3, any gifts.
She says that her children’s grandparents spoiled her kids with copious presents last year and she thinks the practice sets kids up to have too many expectations around the holidays. Kunis, who is Jewish, did not grow up celebrating holidays in the Ukraine, Kunis says. However, she has embraced Christmas since coming to America as a child and puts her own spin on it.
“So far, our tradition is no presents for the kids. 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,” she explains.
Instead, Mila Kunis says she and Kutcher have asked their parents to limit themselves to one gift per grandchild. Better yet, she would prefer them to make a charitable donation in lieu of gifts.
Kunis also reveals in the interview that they take their children to the public library, in order to raise enlightened and educated kids.
“Yeah, we’re not gonna raise a**holes. There’s enough a**holes in this world!” Kunis says. “We don’t need to contribute. But, you know, there’s some nice people.”
It certainly sounds like they’re on their way to raising two delightful human beings!