Traveling around the holidays might stress some people out but not Tara Reid.
“A lot of my friends are going to all these different places, so I’d love to go on vacation,” the actress, 43, told Page Six over the phone when asked what she wants for Christmas this year. “Traveling is my favorite thing in the world. If I get invited to one of the places they’re going to that would be a really great gift.”
And after a rough couple of years in which she lost her father Thomas, who died in 2016, and her mother Donna, who died in October, Reid knows exactly where she’d like to go to relax before the start of 2019.
“I’ve been there before but it’s very magical. It’s this place called Tulum, in Mexico, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it. It’s really amazing because it’s where the Mayans were,” she said, before adding, “I think it would be good for me to go there and just kind of relax. You know, get a fresh start for the New Year? To be happy.”
But whether or not she spends it on the beach, Christmas has always been a special time of year for the “Sharknado” star, something she owes to her mother.
“That was her favorite holiday,” she said. “It was all of our favorite holiday. My family would really go out of their way. The whole house was decorated on the inside. Everywhere you went, it was like you were in Santa Claus’ house. And she’d decorate the outside. People would just go around our house to see how we decorated it. There’d be a snowman on the roof and the decorations and the colors all over the place.”
The actress, who is one of four children, recalled one holiday trip where her family stayed in a cabin and skied. Or at least tried to.
“When I was little we went skiing,” she explained. “And I’ll never forget this. My dad and mom were trying to teach the twins – I have a little brother and sister who are younger than me – how to ski. So they were in ski school and they were so bad. They just kept falling. We couldn’t stop laughing.”
Of course, along with Christmas, comes gifts, and Reid was quick to identify the best gift from her childhood.
“It wasn’t just for me but we got a go-kart,” she said with a laugh. “And that was amazing. We lived on this street, like, our own street. We only had one neighbor and it was really long. And we would race each other up and down the street. We had so much fun.”
But it’s not just about the gifts you receive. Reflecting on some of the gifts she’s given, Reid remembered a present for her mom that seemed to really strike a note.
“My mom loved hearts,” she said. “So I got her this really beautiful diamond heart that she always wore. She loved it. That was my best gift to my mom. She never took it off.”
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