Her Hallmark Christmas movies are a holiday tradition for many of us but the star shared her inspiring Christmas ritual with Southern Living.
If you’re like us, your TV has been tuned to Hallmark non-stop as you wrap presents, bake cookies, and ready your home for holiday guests. And chances are, Candace Cameron Bure has popped up on your screen a time or two. She has starred in six Christmas movies for Hallmark Channel to date, after all. Her most recent film, Switched at Christmas, is currently running on the feel-good channel as a part of their Countdown to Christmas and it is really cute!
It’s safe to say that Bure is just as much a part of annual Christmas traditions for Hallmark Channel fans as a warm cup of hot cocoa. Southern Living recently caught up with the reigning Queen of Hallmark to hear about how she captures the true spirit of the season.
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“I love being home for the holidays and being with my family,” Bure said. Leading into the big day, the Mama of three told us how the Bure household picks out a tree and decorates as a family. On Christmas Eve, her husband, NHL all-star, Val Bure takes the lead in the kitchen. “My husband always cooks Christmas Eve dinner, which is Beef Wellington,” she added.
But early on Christmas morning the Bure family isn’t lounging around in Christmas jammies. “Christmas morning we serve at a homeless shelter…we bring all of the food and some other friends and family members come. We cook everything and we sit down with all of the people who are staying there.”
The Bures volunteer at a shelter that opens their doors to approximately fifty to sixty people in need of a warm bed and a hearty meal.
“We have breakfast and conversations and share the gospel. We share stories. That’s really an amazing part of Christmas that I look forward to every year,” she said.
After they’ve served others, it’s time to celebrate as a family. They gather later in the day to exchange presents and their own Christmas meal.
But this act of service is not an isolated incident for Bure or her family. Bure frequently gives her time for causes that are important to her heart. It’s a passion she inherited from her mother.
“I know that my mom, growing up was such a big example of that for me. I saw all of the acts of kindness that she would do, whether just in our home hosting friends and family or with charity organizations. But I saw how important that was because she always did that throughout the year, every year,” she recalled.
She told us how that lesson stuck with her as she began her own family and was one she too, passed down to her children.
“I think that whatever you model at home, you are teaching your children. And it’s very easy to get your children involved in activities throughout the year, no matter what ages they are because it can be as simple as packing a shoebox with gifts for Operation Christmas Child. Or there are all kinds of things you can do at all ages but more than just talking about it, it has to be that you go and do it. You model that for them.”