Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s first Christmas as a married couple is just around the corner, but before they tied the knot, the couple dated for several years — long enough for the couple to establish holiday traditions together.
During an in-depth interview on From Apple Music With Love, the platform’s holiday special, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani reveal that they’ve already started planning their family traditions, at least one of which is a little out of the ordinary.
“We go out of our way to find a recipe. And it’s always got to be the most difficult thing you can imagine, whether it’s, like, a Beef Wellington — which, I didn’t even know what that was until I met you,” Blake Shelton informs Gwen Stefani.
Stefani responds, “The fact that you wanted to make a tradition out of … it’s almost like an anti-tradition, because a tradition is something that you’ve done your whole life, and that you keep repeating. But you keep trying to not repeat and make something new again and again and again. And that’s your tradition.”
However, Stefani points out that this focus on trying new things, particularly during the holidays, isn’t prevalent in many households, including her own.
“[It] makes me really uncomfortable, because growing up as a child, my parents were very traditional,” she says. “So the idea that now I somehow have control over what we’re actually putting in our mouths at Christmas, it makes me feel like I’m going to get in trouble … So anyways, thank you for pushing me, pushing me to find new creative ways to feed our family.”
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with keeping long-standing family traditions, and the Shelton-Stefani family is no stranger to them. Shelton, on the other hand, claims that Stefani’s family has one of the “craziest” ways of celebrating the holidays he’s ever seen.
“One of the craziest things that I learned about you and your family, as far as holiday traditions go, is the wrapping paper wall the kids run through,” he says. “And I’m not kidding when I talk about how serious this is to the Stefanis. Is that something you just started with Kingston first? Or is that something that you guys did as kids, that your parents did? Because I’ve never known you to take anything more serious when it comes to a party type thing than this wrapping paper wall that they run through.”
Gwen Stefani claims that her father started the tradition, not her.
“When there’s a serious moment, you’ve got to know that it didn’t come from me. It came from Dennis Stefani,” she clarifies.
“When we were kids growing up, we had a hallway with all the bedrooms and then there was the living room. Basically, the toys and presents and everything, and the tree [was in that room],” Stefani continues. “The opening to that room … was all covered with wrapping paper and a big bow. And we had to actually crash through it to see what Santa brought. Basically we did that our whole lives.”
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton also talk about all things Christmas in the interview, as well as some behind-the-scenes stories about their relationship, duets, and more. On Apple Music, you may listen to the entire interview.