Drew Barrymore says she doesn't buy Christmas presents for her children
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It’s easy to presume that the children of celebrities get showered in mountains of presents come Christmas Day.
Barrymore explained that she doesn’t buy any presents for her kids, daughters Olive, 10, and Frankie, eight, during the festive season, but that’s not to say she doesn’t spoil them.
Speaking to ET, Barrymore shared: “I always take them on a trip every Christmas. I don't get them presents, which I think at their ages they don't love, but I say, 'I think we'll remember the place and the photos and the experience and that's what I want to give you’.”
She continued: "They get plenty of things throughout the year, so I'm not like some weird, strict, cold mom who's like, 'You don’t get any gifts!'
“I just feel like a better gift would be a life memory. I'd rather invest [in that than in] a doll house or something. It all evens out and it's fine. I'm glad I do what I do.”
As for the holiday season as a whole, the doting mum added: “[I try] to remember that one holiday won't be probably the same as one 10 years from now, that your life can dramatically change, and new people and new traditions can come into it.
“I like looking at the holidays through a comedic, realistic lens of, we're gonna have a lot of different holiday stories.”
Barrymore concluded: "What one do you want to keep going and build as a tradition? Rather than, 'This is my tradition and I'm stuck in it’.”
Barrymore isn’t the only famous face to have shared an insight into their parenting techniques this month.
Speaking in December to restaurateur Ruth Rogers on her podcast, Ruthie’s Table 4, Gwyneth Paltrow revealed the one rule her kids have to follow when dinner time rolls around.
Paltrow, who shares 18-year-old Apple and 16-year-old Moses with her ex Chris Martin, explained: “We always have dinner all together, as a family, no phones allowed at the table. You get into great discourse with them, you hear what they think about things.
“I think my father made me feel that I was valuable during those dinners because he really elicited our opinions and asked questions and my brother and I were very much a part of the conversation.”