So...assuming you celebrate, what did you do for Christmas? Was it filled with family and food, celebrated with your chosen “framily,” or spent binge-watching and bingeing on Chinese food *raises hand*? Whatever your holiday looked like this year, we hope it was everything you wished it to be, because ‘tis the season to do whatever brings you the most joy.
Of course, in our downtime over the holiday, we couldn’t help but be a little curious about how the other half was celebrating this year... so we stalked their Instagrams to see who was naughty and nice this Christmas. Spoiler alert: Famous folks are just like us—meaning they’re goofy as hell, food- and family-obsessed and clearly more than a little bored over the holidays, too!
Tracee Ellis Ross
The Black-ish star is known for her fashion statements, but these two costume changes really expressed the spirit of the season...
The supermodel spent Christmas in Kenya this year, surrounded by a few new friends.
What was cooking at Kamala’s house this Christmas? Nothing political, unless you count tamales and chile rellenos, followed by sister Maya’s gumbo. Multicultural and merry!
The actress and writer struck a pose in her native Zimbabwe, reminding us that you can always be a kid again for the holidays.
Auntie O has long reveled in her chosen family, and this Christmas was surrounded by her very extended brood—including Stedman, Gayle, trainer Bob Greene, and students from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy—for brunch and movies!
It’s family first for Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi, who, along with her parents and brothers, donned matching red, black and green black Santa sweatshirts to take a family photo somewhere that was definitely not their hometown of Minneapolis.
The tree-trimming turn-up was real at Kelly Rowland’s house, where she broke out some vintage choreography and twerked by her freshly (and gorgeously) decorated tree to—what else?—the Destiny’s Child Christmas album.
Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith & Adrienne Banfield-Norris
Where else would Jada, Willow and Gammy celebrate Christmas but around the red table? Yep, the ladies offered up a Christmas special this year—in themed jammies—where they revisited the soul-crushing revelation of finding out there is no Santa Claus. They also found time to pose with their very blended and extended clan.
What do you get the new mommy who has everything? More time to bask in the glow with her newborn—which is exactly how Gabrielle Union spent her first Christmas with baby daughter Kaavia James.
The glamazon put the haute in the holiday with her own take on Christmas caroling, serving us flawless face as Judy Garland’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” played in the background. We’re not exactly sure what it meant, but it was a sleigh.
Some folks just don’t know how to leave work behind over the holidays, and Viola Davis was definitely thinking about How to Get Away with Murder, using the “Elf Yourself” app to transform her cast into dancing Santa’s helpers. Must be their side hustle until the show returns on January 17.
Teyana Taylor & Iman Shumpert
It was all cuddles and Christmas spirit at the Taylor-Shumpert household this year, where the family celebrated a very stylish Christmas with a high-five and a throwback.
If Santa’s elves really do exist, we hope they’re as glamorous and mischievous as Rihanna and her bestie, who were definitely feeling the spirit of the season.
Tracee Ellis Ross... Again
This one goes out to the aunties *raises hand*, because if the joy of the holidays is reuniting with the little loves of your life, then you know all about that “makeover” life.
Of course, the woman who created the most memorable (and now, record-breaking) Christmas song in history had to keep it 100 for the holiday, and never let it be said that Mariah Carey doesn’t go that extra mile (keyword: extra)—this year, with real reindeer.
Did the celebs do it up like you and yours this season? Regardless, we hope your Christmas was happy and bright—and your memories worthy of the ‘gram!