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It's that time again! Jaime King is decking the halls with decorations, baking, and wrapping up a storm this holiday season. The Hart of Dixie alum shared her favorite Christmas traditions exclusively with Us Weekly — and explained why this time of year means so much to her.

"I love the energy of grace, joy, and the giving spirit that every human embodies but during the holidays," King, 36, tells Us. "It just comes out and shines through people and into the world."

For King, hanging another stocking up for Saint Nick is crucial. The former model and her husband, Kyle Newman, welcomed their second son in July. (Leo joined big brother James, 2.)

"I love putting up the decorations that we have received from my parents since I was born," she adds. "I have one from every year, and it's very special to pull them out and continue that tradition with my sons."

King also likes to switch it up — in the kitchen. She recently snagged a delicious recipe for peanut butter pie thanks to her former Hart of Dixie costar Scott Porter.

"[His] wife Kelsey makes and perfected [it]. I finally got the recipe but if someone wants it — they would have to find it in my social security box," she muses. "It's a family recipe, and that's Southern/MidWestern code for 'it will never, ever, ever be passed without explicit permission from The Porters.'"

One holiday tidbit King will gladly share is the items she's picked out for Birchbox. The star teamed up with the beauty company for the holidays for her own Wish List that includes a six-month membership. "I love the idea of sending my friends something curated every month," she tells Us. "I also love that I have designed amazing organic baby and children's clothing Jaime King for Sapling Child . . . These are so meaningful because I poured my heart and soul into these designs and my love is all over them."

To see King's Birchbox goodies, go here.

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