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How Angie Harmon, Vanessa Marcil and Other Stars Are Spending the Holidays

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Angie Harmon, mom of three young girls — Finley Faith, 7, Avery Grace, 5½ and Emery Hope, 1 — fills us in about the Harmon-Sehorn holiday plans:

"We have Christmas decorations going up the day after Thanksgiving. We decorate the girls' doors with whatever theme or holiday is in that month. For example, we'll cut out hearts in pink and red construction paper and tape them to their doors in February. Each month has a craft and theme."

Hercules hunk Kevin Sorbo, father to Braeden, 9, Shane, 6, and Octavia, 5, with wife Sam Jenkins, cannot wait for the holidays to arrive:

"I'm a big Christmas guy. The lights are already up around the house. I have three trees up this year. I just love it. I love the lights, the history, and it's the only time of the year that I miss the cold weather and snow in Minnesota. My parents will be coming out, my sister and my wife's brother. I wish the whole family could make it. We'll have a nice gathering here."

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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo is teaching her 14-year-old daughter Lexi about the true meaning of the Christmas season:

"We are doing things differently this year. It’s hard to keep a child grounded in today’s society. We are going back to the basics this holiday and what they should be about. I want to her to feel the spirit of the holidays and not buy into the commercialism of it all."

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Life Goes On alum Kellie Martin, husband Keith Christian and their 4-year-old daughter Maggie are "sticking close to home" this holiday season:

"Maggie is "really, really excited about Christmas." She adds, "We are sticking close to home, where we over-decorate and I cook up a storm. We're also trying to teach Maggie that Christmas is about giving, not just receiving."

General Hospital star Vanessa Marcil-Giovinazzo, new hubby Carmine Giovinazzo and her 8-year-old son Kassius plan to celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas.

"Kassius is very good about Hanukkah prayers and candle lighting," shares Vanessa. "He loves Christmas as well. Our traditions are simple. Eating, family, friends, New York, and our farm."

Hopeful mom-to-be Alyssa Milano tells us about her Christmas plans with her Italian-American family.

"Every Christmas we go to my parents' house, who have been married for 43 years," says Alyssa. "My mom makes an Italian feast like you've never seen. She's got an Italian course which is mainly different types of fish dishes. Then she makes an American course after that – usually turkey and ham. So we'll eat until we're in a food coma. My dad and brother are musicians and they jam. My dad will play the piano and my brother will play the guitar. At about 11:30 we open all the presents. Then on Saturday, we have a big Christmas brunch and we open gifts from Santa."

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Co-anchor of Good Day L.A., Jillian Barberie Reynolds is set to welcome the holiday season with husband Grant Reynolds and their two children, 3-year-old daughter Ruby and 11-month-old son Rocco:

"I've asked my mom and dad to come down from Burlington. I want them to spend the holidays here, but I don't know that they'll be able to. I've also contacted my birth mom to come out for a week or so. I want her to meet Rocco. And just kind of take it easy….We're just debating on what to do. Now Rocco is kind of walking and getting into everything so we don't want to put up a tree this year. We really can't – he'll just rip it apart!"

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Mom-to-be Melissa Rycroft –– who is expecting her first child with husband Tye Strickland in the early new year — says they'll be staying in Texas this holiday season:

"We're going to be home, we'll be in Dallas this year. Because our parents live about 10 miles away from each other, we can make the rounds and see both sides for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Next year, we'll be starting some new traditions because we'll be the ones with the little bundle and people will probably be coming to us instead of us coming to them. This is a scary thought in and of itself because I don't know how to cook and I'll be responsible for the holiday meals."

Screen legend Patty Duke says she'll be spending Christmas with her family – including sons Mackenzie and Sean Astin and her five granddaughters:

"We always buy our tree on my birthday, December 14th. That is a definite tradition and you can't get out of it! By the time Christmas comes, the tree is in bad shape [laughs]. We always do the Christmas dinner together. Also, we do Christmas morning for opening up the presents. Then the kids try on their clothes or play with their toys while nana and the daughters-in-law make dinner. Also, I make a special pistachio salad – I think it's grandma's special recipe. It's lime jello and whip cream and marshmallows and all the things that we shouldn't have. But we get to have it on Christmas."

Star of CBS’s new sitcom, $#*! My Dad Says, Nicole Sullivan and husband Jason Packhan are gearing up for the holidays with their two sons, Dash, 3 1/2, and Beckett, 1 1/2:

"We have a Christmas Eve dinner at my house every year with a bunch of people and their kids that come and we do a yankee-swap type thing. Then over New Year's we're going skiing in Colorado."

Law & Order star Elisabeth Rohm shares her upcoming holiday plans with partner Ron Wooster and their 2-year-old daughter Easton:

"For me, I travel so much during the year, that Christmas is really about being home and being with family and friends," Elisabeth explained. "I'm really looking forward to eating some tenderloin and roast potatoes!"

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