Tori Spelling Shares Her Favorite Holiday Memories, Both Past and Present
By Maggie Coughlan Posted Dec 21st 2009 04:41PM
Tori Spelling, is no stranger to multitasking. Her daily agenda includes balancing a family, a reality show, a jewelry line and a children's clothing line ... and along the way, she found the time to pen two best-selling books. It seemed only natural when the constantly on-the-go mother of two paired up with eBay's Mobile Boutique at Hollywood & Highland. While finishing up some holiday shopping, Tori sat down with PopEater to dish on how becoming a mom has changed her, what to expect from the next season of 'Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood' and what Christmas at the Spelling mansion was really like (Hint: there's no snow machine, despite what you may have heard).
Tori's best purchase on eBay: Oh my goodness. Well, I've been an avid eBay fan probably, gosh, for like 15 years! Literally, I love eBay. Now that I'm a mom, it's taken on a whole new meaning because it's so much easier. I don't have the time to go out. I don't believe in the word no, that you can't find something. If it's sold out somewhere, it's the popular big ticket item, you can find it on eBay. I go to eBay for literally everything. I'm a big vintage person, I love antiques, so I have a lot of collectibles. I'm also a big party planner and decorator so I've added a lot of things from eBay to what I call my 'party arsenal.'
On her eBay bidding style: I used to be really competitive, I'm talking back in the Beanie Baby days. No joke, I used to be that person, when Beanie Babies were all the rage, I was on there at every second. I used to have my laptop and I'd be on the set of '90210' and I would literally be like 'that person can't outbid me!' Now I'm a mom, I'm not competitive. If there's something I want, I go bid and if it's not meant to be, it's not meant to be.
On searching for her own jewelry line, Tori Spelling Collection, on eBay: It's on there all the time! It's funny. It's good because I love HSN and I love eBay, so it's great, my stuff is selling on HSN and it's selling on eBay. Two for the price of one!
On holiday shopping for her son, Liam, age 2:
He's asking for everything now. He's getting to that age that with commercials, everything that comes on, he's like 'I want that! I like that! I want that! Get that for me!' He's really into monsters. eBay's really cool because he's really big into monsters and cars. I kind of gauged from that since he's into monsters and cars ... so Transformers. I was like, 'OK, I'm gonna have a little fun with this. I'm gonna go retro.' So then I went on eBay and they have retro Transformers.
On rumors of 'snow on Christmas morning' at the Spelling mansion: A snow machine on Christmas morning would have been awesome if it had been real. That never happened. The game of telephone is a dangerous game. Maybe that came from me saying my dad had brought in bags of ice on our little side lawn he put on to make it snow.
On her favorite childhood Christmas memory: My favorite holiday memory was that every Christmas Eve my parents would have a Santa come over. I believed in Santa till I was 12, which I know is really late in life. [My parents] were really good at it, they would always have a pretend Santa call every Christmas Eve and be like 'Were you a good girl this year?' and I'd be like 'Yes Santa!' Then he'd be like 'Well, I'm on my way!' Then a Santa would show up on Christmas Eve and my brother and I would sit on his lap, even though I'm sure I was really heavy at age 12, but we'd sit on his lap and be like 'We're really excited for Christmas!' Then we'd put our cookies out and we would put out carrots for the reindeer, then we'd go to bed and there would be presents on Christmas morning. That was our big tradition.
On making memories at the Spelling-McDermott house: We do a lot of baking and cooking at our house. The kids and I have been baking a lot of cookies, decorating the tree together, we're doing the Advent calendar, cause I did that growing up, that was a big thing. I got a little Advent calendar for them, it has little chocolates in it everyday. They remember, even though they're little, everyday they're like 'Calendar! Calendar!' That's something my parents did with us. It's not about the wealth. It's not about a huge snow machine. It's about the little tiny traditions that are really important.
On what's happening on the new season of 'Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood': We start the season off with a road trip, which is really exciting. I always wanted to drive cross country and we do. With kids. And dogs. And 'guncles' (translation: gay uncles) in tow. It was interesting. It was a lot of fun. This season is shaping up to be really amazing because the kids, when they say kids say the darndest things, it's true! They're their own little beings now and Liam has full-on conversations with you. I think the fans that have followed us through our lives and the kids being born, they're going to be amazed and how much the kids are talking about interacting. I think that's what's really special about this season.
On what's next: I have a children's clothing line that's currently out called Little Maven which I'm really proud of. It's sold at Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom and boutiques across the country. I have a children's book coming out in fall 2010 that I'm really excited about. It's a book inspired by my life.
What's on Tori's list this holiday season: There's absolutely no monetary thing that I would want. No gift. There's absolutely nothing. I think once you have kids you stop wanting things for yourself. It's all about them.
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