James Reid in quandary over Christmas gift for Nadine Lustre, "She has everything she wants."

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Dec 24, 2014
Both James Reid and Nadine Lustre answered “family” when asked about their concept of Christmas. He added, “Gift-giving.” She exclaimed, “Food!”

For James Reid and Nadine Lustre, one of stardom's of busiest loveteams, Christmas this year means making up for lost time with their respective families.

Nadine explained, "At home, traditional Christmas dinner lang because I have been gone like most of the year.

"I have been working so I don't see my brothers a lot. I don't see my sister a lot.

“So parang, ‘Yey, we're just gonna celebrate a nice Christmas dinner at home!’

"Gift-giving ganoon with the whole family," she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment portal) early this month.

James, meanwhile, related, “My family is coming from Australia this year.

“And then, we’re gonna… yung daddy ko, first time, first time niya mag-Palawan.”

FAMILY TRADITIONS. It’s been customary for the young actor to visit his relatives on his mother’s side in Cavite.

Nadine, however, usually stays in Manila.

Her family tradition includes giving gifts and partaking of Noche Buena.

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“My dad cooks. He's good, really good at cooking. I always look forward to that.”

The two also does something good.

James also associates Christmas with “family and giving back.”

The Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash winner related that he had just been at the Philippine Children’s Hospital for a charity event.

For Nadine’s part, she donated toys to Gawad Kalinga.

"For me, it feels better na if I give them my old toys na... parang it's like Toy Story na toys ko will have a new home instead of buying new ones.

“Gusto ko yung may meaning sa akin, yun ang ibibigay ko.

"I have this little doll from an airline, Cathay Pacific, sobrang tagal na.

“His name is Bobby. He is a tourist. He has a camera, and he is wearing a cap, the usual turista outfit, yun.

“I gave him away… this year lang, yung huling charity na ginawa ko.”

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CHRISTMAS MEMORIES. Nadine can't pinpoint a memorable Christmas as it has always been her family.

She said, “Lahat naman ng Christmas ko kasi is always at home, traditional Christmas dinner lang with family."

As for James, “It would have to be last year.

“We went to our native hometown, the hometown of my mother.

“And that was with my family.

“We went jumping off waterfalls, which was more like an adventure type of Christmas.”

GIFTS. James recently bought himself an Audi R8, while Nadine had their house fixed.

She said their house is "kinda old, it's been there since 1970s so I'm having it repaired.

"And I'm giving myself my own walk-in closet. I am designing it, I'm excited!"

How about her gift or wish for James?

"Wish for him? Siguro to stay the same, yun lang naman.

"Parang, he's very... we're very close. Yun lang, sana huwag siya magbago.

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“Wish ko? Happiness for him, yun lang. As simple as that."

At the time of the interview, James was still deciding what to give his screen partner.

“If I’m gonna give something to Nadine, it’s hard.

"I mean, she has everything she wants. Family, friends, everything’s going great. Maybe…I don’t know!”

Lastly, Nadine shared her Christmas wish.

“For the world, siguro world peace. Kidding!

“Can't think of anything, world peace siguro, for world hunger to end.

“For kids, kasi I love them. Ang year na ‘eto, parang medyo ano ako sa kids.

"Parang I don't want... that's why, the reason, I am donating toys din.

“Christmas kasi is about the kids, it's for everyone.

"I feel bad for the kids who are not, who don't get anything for Christmas."

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