Jack­lyn Ze­man (Bob­bie)

GH’s Jack­lyn Ze­man (Bob­bie)

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if you know any­thing about GH’s Jack­lyn Ze­man (Bob­bie), you can imag­ine that her hol­i­day sea­son is packed with de­li­cious fare. “This Christ­mas, I’m look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing with my fam­ily, and we are food­ies,” she grins. “So we cook and bake and eat to our hearts’ con­tent!”

When it comes to mak­ing dishes, ev­ery­one pitches in — from her daugh­ters, Cas­sidy and Lacey Rose, to her sonin-law, Cut­ter, and his fam­ily, with whom they’ve cel­e­brated the hol­i­days for over a decade. And left­overs are al­ways delivered to a nearby home­less shel­ter. But be­fore the big food dis­cus­sions even be­gin, the de­sign maven (who co-hosts TLC’s MAKE THIS PLACE YOUR HOME) starts plan­ning. Weeks be­fore Thanks­giv­ing, “I’d al­ready cho­sen my wrap­ping pa­pers and wire rib­bons for this year’s gifts,” she con­fesses. “I al­ways be­gin my shop­ping early, too, be­cause I en­joy the search for special trea­sures. And then I wrap ev­ery­thing early, so there is no peek­ing into the boxes! I love mak­ing ev­ery­thing look beau­ti­ful. We pile presents un­der our trees in ad­vance and open some on Christ­mas Eve and some on Christ­mas Day.”

With Ze­man’s girls all grown up and their worlds ex­pand­ing, her hol­i­days aren’t al­ways the same now. Last year, for ex­am­ple, they cel­e­brated to­gether,

“This Christ­mas, I’m look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing with ev­ery­one,” gushes Ze­man. “Fam­ily time is my fa­vorite time, and the hol­i­days are al­ways a happy time for us.”

but there was a lot of trav­el­ing dur­ing the sea­son. This year, she’s happy to re­port that they’ll have much more time to spend to­gether. What­ever their sched­ules look like, how­ever, there’s one thing Ze­man can al­ways count on dur­ing the sea­son. “We put the same or­na­ments on our trees ev­ery Christ­mas,” she shares. “They are all very special, be­cause some have been in our fam­ily for sev­eral gen­er­a­tions, and some are hand­made. When Cas­sidy and Lacey Rose were lit­tle girls, we col­lected beau­ti­ful an­gels to dec­o­rate our tree, and we had dec­o­ra­tions all around our house. We don’t live in that house any­more, but the an­gels still grace our tree ev­ery year and I imag­ine they al­ways will.

“The hol­i­day sea­son is my fa­vorite time of year,” she adds. “It makes me happy to see and feel the love, joy and the spirit of giv­ing ev­ery­where.”

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