Once Halloween hit,
"For myself and (fiancé) Big David (Otunga), we're just holiday fanatics," says Hudson as her Christmas musical,
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-star
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 a
"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.