There will be stockings, hot chocolate and gifts waiting under the tree when Julia Roberts and her family celebrate Christmas at their Taos, N.M., ranch.
But while the actress has everything set for a joyful holiday with her husband, Danny Moder, and their three kids, there’s also something bittersweet about this holiday — it’s their first Christmas without Julia’s beloved mother, Betty Lou Bredemus, who passed away in February.
Julia and Betty in March 1993. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“Julia’s chief goal is to get through the holiday with minimal tears,” a family friend explains to Closer. “She’s going to concentrate on the happy times.”
It’s understandably difficult for Julia, 48, who is facing her first Christmas since losing Betty Lou. But the actress is determined not to ruin the holiday for her kids, twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 10, and Henry, 8.
Julia and Danny in January 2011. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In fact, focusing on motherhood has helped Julia to “deal with her grief,” says the friend. “She doesn’t want to appear depressed in front of them.”
Lifting the whole family’s spirits is the fact that they’ll be in Taos, the scene of so many happy events — beginning with Julia and Danny’s wedding on the ranch in 2002. It’s also become something of a tradition for hem to celebrate Christmas there. And this year, she and Danny, 46, are doing everything they can to make this time all about family.
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