Why Mila Kunis And Ashton Kutcher Choose Not To Give Their Kids Christmas Presents

"It's all family time, but having kids, we're building up our own little versions of tradition."

Mila Kunis and husband Ashton Kutcher are proud parents to their 3-year-old daughter Wyatt and 1-year-old son Dmitri. While their kids are still very young, the couple is determined to set boundaries to keep them level-headed. In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kunis revealed that one such boundary they've decided on revolves around Christmas. 

While Kunis grew up Jewish in Chernivtsi, Ukraine in the Soviet Union, she and her family started celebrating Christmas when they immigrated to the United States. They loved how inclusive the holiday can be, and are happy to embrace any excuse to get their family together. She and Kutcher now celebrate the holiday with their kids, but are instituting an unusual tradition. 


"It's all family time, but having kids, we're building up our own little versions of tradition," Kunis told Entertainment Tonight. "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."

Like lots of well-meaning grandparents, Wyatt and Dimitri's have previously spoiled them with presents on the holiday, but the couple has asked them to adhere to the new rule too. 

"We've told our parents, 'We're begging you — if you have to give her something, pick one gift," Kunis said. "Otherwise, we'd like to take a charitable donation, to the Children's Hospital or a pet [or] whatever you want.' That's our new tradition."

The move focuses the holiday on family instead of on presents which is what the holiday is really supposed to be about. Kunis, who is currently promoting her new film A Bad Moms Christmas, explained to Entertainment Tonight that she and Kutcher are trying to raise open-minded children.

"Yeah, we're not gonna raise assholes. There's enough assholes in this world!" Kunis told them. "We don't need to contribute. But, you know, there's some nice people."

Kunis has previously spoken openly about her parenting decisions and how she's felt the pressure to be a flawless mom. "It's so taboo to be like, 'I feel like I'm not perfect.' You just have to know you're doing the best you can, and that's more than enough," she told A Plus in a previous interview. 

Seems like she's already doing a pretty great job. 

Ashton Kutcher is a co-founder of A Plus.


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