Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis won't be giving their kids Christmas presents this year
I've always thought that being the child of a film star parents must be fantastic. Just think about it: you get to go to fancy events and schmooze with other celebs, show off to all your friends about your mom or dad appearing in the next blockbuster, and reap the financial rewards of your parents' acting career in the form of luxury items and fancy gifts.
Unless you're the child of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, that is.
The celebrity couple, who formerly appeared as boyfriend and girlfriend on That 70s Show, revealed that they would not be giving their children any presents for Christmas this year. Three-year-old Wyatt and one-year-old Dimitri, Kutcher's and Kunis' two kids, will not be finding anything under the tree for them come December 25th - but their parents insist it's for a good cause.
"We’re instituting [no presents] this year because when the kids are [younger than] 1, it doesn’t really matter," explained Mila Kunis in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. She went on:
"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."
I suppose she has a fair point. And in my experience with young children, unless you give them something they can immediately break into and eat, they will be more interested in the wrapping paper than with the gift, anyway.
Kunis also revealed that she's asked the children's grandparents to respect the no gift rule, too, saying: "We’ve told our parents, 'We’re begging you—if you have to give [Wyatt] 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.'"
The Family Guy star also spoke about her Russian roots, and joked that, "I come from communist Russia, where you’re not allowed to be happy, so my holiday traditions are 'be quiet.'" Though said in jest, her comment was probably not far from the truth, as she added that, "Coming to America is when you realize Christmas has a magical quality to it."
And from her other comments, it seems like Christmas is just as wild as it is magical in the Kutcher/Kunis household: "As far as tradition goes, my family’s big on any excuse to get the family together and get drunk," she said. "Whether it’s Easter, which we’ve now all accepted into our Jewish household, or Christmas, it doesn’t matter. It’s all family time, but having kids, we’re building up our own little versions of tradition."
Well, presents or no presents, it sounds like these celebrity parents have the right idea when it comes to raising their kids and having a good time at family holidays.
Personally, I'd be more than happy to trade in my usual pair of novelty socks and tin of novelty snowman-shaped candies if it meant I could join them for Christmas dinner. So, if you happen to be reading this Mila, feel free to send an invite my way.