'Help for the Holidays' premieres on Hallmark Channel on Sunday, December 9 (8p.m. ET/PT, 7C)
Here are excerpts from this interview breathing Christmas spirit, "joie de vivre" and German pastry :
The winter tale was actually shot in California's Simi Valley in "really hot weather, 110 degrees," she says, adding that it still "felt so much like Christmas."
And Christmas has always been an important time for the Glau family - from her childhood in San Antonio to now, at the age of 31.
This December, she looks forward to spending the holiday with her parents and two sisters at her second home in Boerne. "It's a great Christmas house," she says. "We always play croquet in the courtyard."
Her family enjoys loads of other special traditions. One is making a German pastry called stollen. For 15 years, Glau, who describes herself as "a terrible baker," was responsible for the Christmas treat. But once her baby sister, Kaitlin, was old enough, "I passed the torch to her," she said. "Now the stollen is perfect every Christmas morning!"
That doesn't mean she's done with her holiday obligations.
"I'm so excited," she said. "My sister Christie and I are in charge of lights on the tree and we're very particular." While working on the tree, "we always play a videocassette of all our favorite Christmas cartoons," she said. Her favorite? "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
On Christmas, guests are amazed, she said, at "how slowly we open gifts. We take hours and hours. We hug each other after each gift is opened." This is accompanied by Christmas songs from Bing Crosby. Her dad doesn't like them, Glau said, but "I think Bing does the best carols."
"Christmas is all about loved ones," Glau said, "and people should take time out to really celebrate their family."
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