With six kids in the house, buying Christmas gifts can be a huge undertaking, even when you have all the money in the world. But luckily for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, their nomadic lifestyle has offered a unique perk around Christmastime – because their kids spend so little time watching American cartoons, they are not bombarded with the flashy toy ads that seem to pervade the holiday season.
“We do exchange gifts, although we don’t feel any pressure to make them big or expensive gifts,” dad Brad Pitt says. “And the kids don’t ask for big gifts for the reason that they don’t see a lot of the American cartoon television, which is packed with all those manipulative commercials for big toys that look so fantastic. When they do see that stuff is when they start asking for the toys, so we figure if they don’t see them they won’t know they’re there. So we have gifts, but we try to keep the money spent to a minimum. The rule is that everyone’s got to make something for someone else, you got to put time into it. Then, when they give to each other, it’s really sweet. The gift-giving is a very nice time for us.”
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Angelina said last month that she feels the holiday season is “kind of the best thing about being a mom and dad” and that she and Brad love it.
“We love it — it’s that fun of sitting up in the middle of the night and wrapping the presents together and doing the stockings and all that kind of stuff.”
Brad also said that, as the kids are getting older, they are starting to embrace the idea that they were all born in different countries, although right now it’s still more of an idea than a reality.
He said: “As they’re getting older, we’ve been coming up with some idea for a ceremony for everyone around this time, but right now, it’s still at the ideas stage.”
Brad and Angelina are parents to Maddox, 7, Pax, 5, Zahara, 4 in January, Shiloh, 2 1/2, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 5 months.