Holiday Traditions of The Rich & Famous


Holiday Traditions of The Rich & Famous

December 23, 2016

It should come as no surprise: The Obamas are spending their last Christmas as First Family in Hawaii again.

Every year, the Obama family visits the President’s home state for the holidays. Their annual Christmas tradition started long before entering the White House and will likely continue after Obama leaves office.

The First Family took Air Force One to Honolulu mid-December and will remain in Hawaii until after New Year.

The Obama’s have already been enjoying the activities they do every year on the island. Their traditions include hanging out at the beach at Bellows Air Force station, hiking and going to dinners. And for Mr. Obama, golfing.

The President does have one work-related obligation while on vacation though. He will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Pearl Harbor for a historic visit.

The rest of their Hawaii vacation will be just that…a vacation. And after this crazy year, you can probably speculate it will be a much-appreciated one.

The Obamas aren’t the only public figures with notable holiday traditions. Check out what these rich and famous folks do every year for the holidays:

Donald Trump visits one of his estates

The President-elect will spend Christmas at his 125-room Florida mansion, Mar-a-Lago, just like he did last year.

We know Trump has his name on a lot of buildings around the world, but Mar-a-Lago is one of his few personal properties that he owns entirely.

Oddly enough, the previous owner of the estate – “cereal heiress” Marjorie Merriweather Post – envisioned the home as a “winter White House.” But she was forced to put it on the market and that’s when Trump came in and purchased it. This was in 1985.

It’s possible we could see the President-elect visit Mar-a-Lago frequently throughout his term.

Paul George, a history professor at Miami Dade College doesn’t think Trump is a “workaholic president” and that we’ll be seeing “a lot of [reporter] bylines from Palm Beach.”

Florida is a state many presidents have flocked to for downtime, including John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, William Harding and Harry Truman. Trump may just be continuing the tradition.

The tropical getaway is certainly a lure for the President-elect. As he stated: “As little as I am interested in relaxing, I enjoy Mar-a-Lago almost in spite of myself. It may be as close to paradise as I’m going to get.”

Did we mention the property has three bomb shelters?

Kris Jenner throws star-studded Christmas Eve party

Reality star and mom/manager Kris Jenner is famous for throwing an annual Christmas Eve party with a long list of celebrity guests. Some famous people who usually attend the bash include Caitlyn Jenner, Drake, Kathy Hilton, Maria Menounos and Scott Disick.

This year, Jenner teamed up with L.A. floral designer Jeff Leatham to create over-the-top Christmas decorations throughout her Calabasas, California home.

Five huge evergreens displayed in the grand foyer took 24 hours to install and are decorated to reflect Jenner’s “Kandyland-chic” motif this year.

Of course, the whole soiree will most probably be displayed on social media like it was last Christmas Eve.

Mariah Carey spends Christmas in the snow in Aspen

Singer Mariah Carey has made it an annual tradition to celebrate Christmas in a winter wonderland. Her chosen retreat: Aspen, Colorado.

This year she’s staying in a $22 million estate courtesy of Airbnb.

The “Queen of Christmas” certainly isn’t tired of listening to her hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Video of Carey donning a white fur coat and looking like her typical diva-self shows her Aspen arrival. As she’s disembarking the private jet, you can hear her song coming from inside the plane.

And that’s how a diva does Christmas.

Jennifer Aniston hosts a tree-trimming party

Another celebrity to throw a star-studded holiday event is Jennifer Aniston. Every year, the actress hosts a tree-trimming party at her Bel Air mansion with a bunch of A-listers in attendance.

A source told People that Aniston “always has her personal chefs prepare great food for guests, and this is by far her favorite party to host. She always puts in a lot of planning.”

The “Office Christmas Party” star opened up about her cherished holiday celebration in a 2013 interview; in which she shared some details about her tradition:

“There’s usually three different kinds of chili at the tree-trimming party. There’s a vegetarian chili, a turkey chili, and a good ol’ beef chili. I can’t honestly say I make that, but I do make some Rice Krispies treats and hot chocolate. My best hostess tip is to have good food and really good music! We usually put on the Charlie Brown Christmas album. That’s my favorite. And then we’ll go to Bing Crosby and stuff like that — old school — Frank Sinatra.”

Lavish parties, big spending and getaways from the tropical to the winter wonderland kind. Yes, it’s just another holiday for the rich and famous.

Disclaimer: The above is solely intended for informational purposes and in no way constitutes legal advice or specific recommendations.