Christmas? It’s not about gifts – it’s all about Jesus, says Emmy Award-winning actress
Christmas is about the birth of Christ, family and helping others, Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton has said.
The devout Catholic comedian, best known for roles in Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle, says she is not distracted by gifts and the commercialism of Christmas, focusing instead on the real meaning – the birth of Jesus – as well as fulfilling aspects of the holiday, such as spending time with family and giving to charity.
The 61-year-old actress says her family attends a church service on Christmas day, as it’s “really important” to do so. “I think that’s obviously a reminder of what it’s all about. It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialism of it all.”
On gifts, Heaton admitted this it the first year she has informed everyone she’s “not buying”.
“My boys are all in their 20s, and so I said to my husband after last year that I realised that I get so cranky during the Christmas season with this whole gift thing. I just don’t want the holidays to be about that. And they’re too old for it anyway and they don’t need anything,” she said.
“The thing is, you get in the habit of ‘this is what Christmas is’, and it takes a couple of years to recognise: ‘You know what, we’ve all changed so our traditions can change a little bit.’ Ultimately, Christmas is never about the gifts. It’s about family being together and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.”
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