Jennifer Hudson is a 'holiday fanatic'

Once Halloween hit,Jennifer Hudsonhad full license to start decking the halls.

"For myself and (fiancé) Big David (Otunga), we're just holiday fanatics," says Hudson as her Christmas musical,Black Nativity, prepares to hit theaters Wednesday. "We met with the people about two months ago about what our holiday decorations were going to be."

It just may not include a fir sawed by celebrity hands. "Last year we went into the forest and chopped down a live tree. It was a disaster!" she says with a laugh. "But it was so memorable."

Trimming the tree binds co-starForest Whitaker's family, too. "We get everybody together for that and go out together to pick out our tree, decorate it, all that kind of stuff," says the actor, who stars as her preacher father in the film, based on theLangston Hughesplay.

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With 4-year-old son David at home, Hudson says she and Otunga are still figuring out their annual traditions. But come Turkey Day, she avoids the pressure of the big bird.

"I only fix one meal," Hudson says. "I do baked turkey wings, sweet-potato fries and collard greens. And I try to fix it every Sunday just so my son can see his mommy in the kitchen. (He'll say), 'Mommy, are you cooking the same thing?' 'Yes!'" she says with a chuckle.

Whitaker, too, leaves the cooking to his wife of 17 years, Keisha. "Keisha does the cooking, and if I go to my parents' house, my brother does the cooking. And I just kind of get to enjoy the sweet-potato pie and whatever else is there," he says. "Our meals are like double (size) because it's half vegetarians and half meat-eaters." (Whitaker is vegetarian.)

So which holiday movies warm their hearts?

"DefinitelyHome Alone," says Hudson. "That's one of my favorite movies. Anddefinitelymy favorite holiday movie."

Whitaker's more of aCharlie Brown Christmaskind of guy. "When I was a kid, I used to always watch thatSnoopy(movie), you know?" recalls Whitaker. "And then there's (Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town), where they tell the story ofKris Kringle, and he sings that song, 'If you sit on my lap today, a kiss a toy is the price you'll pay.' And there's a winter sorcerer who melts his icy heart and all he has left are these little pieces of corn."

"I want to see that!" exclaims Hudson.

'"All I have left are these pieces of corn that make reindeer fly.' It's one of my favorites," Whitaker says with a grin.


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