Melissa Rycroft Is Looking Forward To An “Extra Special” Christmas

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Dancing with the Stars winner Melissa Rycroft is feeling the Christmas spirit!

The reality star mom says that her 2-year-old daughter Ava is loving the holidays so far, telling OK!, “Snow, and Santa, it’s all so new to her, and it’s so fun to get to experience Christmas through her eyes. Especially because this is the first time she’s going to get to experience it, so this is going to be an extra-special Christmas for us.”

Though she was still a little too young to get in on all of the holiday fun last year, this time around Ava is loving all of the family’s Christmas traditions – including the gifts, of course!

“I think it’s going to be special because mainly this is going to be Ava’s first Christmas that she can really enjoy. Last year she was so little, and didn’t understand what was going on. This year, she knows the presents under the tree are for her, and she has already tried to open them. We let her open one!”

As for the new year, Melissa isn’t too worried about New Year’s resolutions for now, focusing instead on time with her husband Tye Strickland and their little girl.

“I have short-term vision, and I’m just thinking about holiday time and home time,” she says. “I’m going to cease to travel for a little bit, turn off the cell phone and enjoy my husband and my daughter. I think we’ll probably stay in our sweats for a couple weeks, and watch TV, and not think about work until the New Year.”

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