Ali Michael: I believed in Santa probably until I was about eight years old or so. Santa used to leave me a typed letter every Christmas morning. One day when I was looking through my mom's computer to find something for school, I accidently opened the folder that held the exact letters that Santa had left me. It was kind of devastating.
Karlie Kloss: [chuckles] What are you talking about... I will always believe in Santa Claus!
Does your family have any quirky holiday traditions?
Karlie Kloss: Well my poor dad was born on Christmas Day [December 25], so he has to "split his birthday" with Christmas: we always spend the entire first part of the day opening presents and enjoying Christmas morning, then at night all of the family comes over to celebrate his birthday! It's quite a day...
Ali Michael: We really don't do too much for Christmas – except get together with family – which is what it's really all about.
Favorite holiday desert:
Karlie Kloss: Definitely my gram's gingersnap cookies.
Ali Michael: I can't imagine that any of my family members will go near any vegan treat that I attempt to make; but I'm loving warm raw cacao-coconut-almond milk at the moment! I want to try to make a raw vegan cheesecake or recreate Souen's carob brownies with pine nuts.
Favorite holiday film:
Ali Michael: I grew up watching the original version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) and always have gotten a kick out of Tim Allen's The Santa Clause (1994). I feel like I'm back in the good old 1990's when I watch either of them.
Karlie Kloss: It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965): it's a tie!
Ali Michael: While it's not exactly a charitable organization, I just signed up as a volunteer for an organization called New York Cares. It's a really great placement program that connects people with a wide range of volunteer opportunities all throughout the city. When in Texas, I volunteer at a therapeutic horseback riding stable where I work with kids with mental and physical disabilities.
How do you plan to spend your holiday this year?
Ali Michael: I'm spending my holiday with family in Texas. While it would be nice to see a "White Christmas" for once, I'm not complaining about having a break from the freezing New York weather. It's supposed to be sixty-five degrees [Fahrenheit] here on Christmas!
Karlie Kloss: Enjoying time with family... and of course catching up on sleep!
a very merry everything,
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