Exclusive: From Thanksgiving to Hanukkah, Celebs Dish About the Holidays!

From their favorite holiday recipes to stories about Santa, stars share their holiday memories and traditions exclusively with iVillage! (31 Photos)

iVillage Staff on Jan 2, 2012 at 9:45AM

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Exclusive: From Thanksgiving to Hanukkah, Celebs Dish About the Holidays!

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Mariska Hargitay

What is your favorite holiday tradition? 
"Our (family's) annual Turkey Bowl football game on Thanksgiving weekend. We play, we twist our ankles and we bicker over the line of scrimmage, yardage, fumbles, etc... We then all sit around and eat and do post-game analysis. I'm not sure who has more fun -- the kids or the adults."

What's the Thanksgiving food you absolutely must have? 
"Brussels sprouts with crispy smoked bacon -- anything with bacon is okay with me. Cornbread stuffing -- seriously, what's better than stuffing? Well, gravy maybe...(and) hot mulled apple cider. The true taste of fall. Not parsnips. I'm not a fan."

What are you going to be thankful for this year? 
"Our family -- all five of us!" (Mariska Hargitay and her husband Peter Hermann have 5-year-old son August, and they recently adopted a baby boy named Andrew Nicolas, only six months after adopting a girl, Amaya Josephine.)

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