Jon and Kate Gosselin to spend Christmas together with their kids
By Christopher Rocchio, 11/11/2009
Jon Gosselin will be home for the holidays -- and so will his estranged wife Kate Gosselin, as the Jon & Kate Plus 8 stars will be spending Christmas together with their eight children.
"Christmas Eve and Christmas day are joint-shared custody days, which means we're both in the house," Jon told AOL's Pop Eater website in an interview published Tuesday. "So we'll be there."
This will be the first holiday season since Jon and Kate filed for divorce in June -- on the same day the couple publicly announced their separation during a Jon & Kate Plus 8 broadcast.
Jon said he'll also be seeing his kids on Thanksgiving, which should make his kids happy due to a dessert he has always made for them.
"I'm going to spend Thanksgiving with my kids when I get back from Hawaii, not all day, just like half the day," he told Pop Eater.
"On Thanksgiving I make apple crisp, that's like my thing. They always ask for it. I juice up my mom's recipe, I add more sugar and stuff. So they are always happy about that. They do like apple picking and make cider, all the Pennsylvania stuff that we've been doing for years anyway. We still keep those traditions."
In addition, Jon said Christmas traditions will also continue despite the tension between him and Kate.
"They do the stockings early Christmas morning. Kate makes sticky buns. We keep it all the same. Nothing has changed," he told Pop Eater.
"That way they have the sense of security with everything that's going on. But, this year, there's a lot of paparazzi, so who knows? Every year it's different."
Despite having his holiday plans already scheduled, Jon added he has yet to begin Christmas shopping for the kids.
"I haven't started my Christmas shopping yet," he told Pop Eater. "It will probably be all Internet based this year, pre-wrapped. You know, I'm a guy, when there's free gift wrap, I'm like, 'Yeah, yes please.'"
During the interview, Jon also discussed the Jon Gosselin Children's foundation he started in honor of his father recently.
"It's something that my brother and I wanted to do, but we never had the finances to do so. And obviously this year has been a pretty good year for me financially, so I started the foundation in memory of my father," he explained to Pop Eater.
"My father was a children's dentist for 30 years and he dedicated one day a week for 30 years to handicapped children for free. It never really hit my brother and I. When my dad passed away that's when we started noticing at the viewing all these handicapped patients coming in."
Jon said he and his brothers found his dad's volunteer work "amazing," hence the foundation.
"I'm not a doctor obviously and the only way we could do this was start a foundation to allocate funds to children and a few parents that need help with medical bills," he told Pop Eater. "We're trying to get corporate sponsorships and hopefully everything will work out and we can continue the legacy of my father."
Jon said while filming an episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 last year at St. Jude's Children's Hospital, he learned "you can change someone's life and attitude just by appearing."
"It's something that you have to realize within the public eye. People look to you and that's why I decided to change my life in recent months and started taking initiative for my actions, owning up to my mistakes and learning from them," he told Pop Eater.
"People always say to me, 'Jon, you are famous.' And I'm like, 'Yeah, OK, whatever.' They say, 'You can do two things with your fame. You can have your 15 minutes, or you can take your fame and do good for the world.' And that's what I'm trying to do."