It's Christmastime in Tinseltown, and that means it's time for celebs to open up their homes -- or at least their pocketbooks -- for a hefty dose of holiday cheer.
From Jennifer Aniston to P. Diddy (who can forget the rapper's New Year's Eve bash that had invited guest Rosie O'Donnell turned away at the door?), the stars shine at Christmastime. But who throws the best bash?
Aniston recently dished to Parade about her annual Christmas-tree trimming party, which features three kinds of chili and some classic Christmas tunes.
"There's a vegetarian chili, a turkey chili and a good ol' beef chili," the actress said. "I can't honestly say I make that, but I do make some Rice Krispies treats and hot chocolate … We usually put on the Charlie Brown Christmas album. That's my favorite. And then we'll go to Bing Crosby and stuff like that - old school - Frank Sinatra."
Actress Melissa Joan Hart likes to get tacky during the holidays. The "Melissa and Joey" star hosts a tacky, ugly sweater competition, complete with a tacky menu. "It just popped in my head that I wanted to do something really silly," the actress told People.
While her guests show up in superglued, glittery, and puff-ball adorned sweaters, Hart said the party is the opposite of the classy Christmas parties her mother used to host. Instead, this bash features a menu of cheese logs, fruitcake, pigs in blankets and eggnog. And to keep in line with the "tacky" theme Hart revealed, "We threw up a white Christmas tree and I got a cardboard cut out of Santa."
Adam Sandler's annual holiday gala is a biggie. According to E! Online, this year's bash - held at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, Calif. -- boasted a star studded guest list that included Demi Moore, Taylor Lautner, Slash, Julianne Hough, David Spade and Marilyn Manson. The funnyman and his band entertained guests for nearly three hours (we're hoping he squeezed "The Hanukah Song" in there), and he even pulled a few pals on stage for a sing-a-long. In the past, Sandler's holiday celebration has featured ice skating, bowling, and an open bar. Oh, and approximately 5000 people, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Ah, so that explains the eclectic guest list.
And they're known for their over-the-top Christmas cards, but the Kardashian clan has another tradition: An annual family Christmas Eve party that's not made for TV.
Khloe Kardashian recently told British magazine Closer, "Christmas is a crazy time, but it's fun. It's controlled chaos! Every Christmas Eve we have a huge party, which Mom's been hosting for 34 years. It's what everyone looks forward to, it's so fun. Everyone dances and Santa comes."
Mama Kris Jenner caps off the festivities by giving her kids matching pajamas at the end of the night, so the clan can coordinate for those all important Christmas morning photo ops. And speaking of photos, while the Kardashian's Christmas Eve bash is pegged as more of a low key affair with just family and close friends, pics of the event still manage to turn up online!
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