Wil­liam Lip­ton (Cameron)

GH’s Wil­liam Lip­ton (Cameron) and sis­ters El­iz­a­beth and Olivia

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gH fans know Wil­liam Lip­ton from his work as Cameron, but he’s also an avid singer, mu­si­cian and song­writer — which is why one of his fa­vorite hol­i­day mem­o­ries yet was get­ting to per­form in A Christ­mas Carol with the Amer­i­can Con­ser­va­tory The­atre in San Fran­cisco. “Many peo­ple come see this show as a yearly tradition, and I was one of the lucky kids who ACT in­vited to au­di­tion and par­tic­i­pate two dif­fer­ent years,” he shares. “We had about 30 to 40 shows each De­cem­ber, so it was very busy — a full-time job. But the process and show were an amaz­ing and very pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence. I think that has truly shaped me into who I am.”

This hol­i­day sea­son, Lip­ton’s count­ing on some car­olling… but he’s keep­ing it much more low-key! “I’m re­ally hop­ing to have a jam session with my fam­ily,” grins the ac­tor, whose mother, Jo­hanna, comes from an act­ing and mu­si­cal-the- ater back­ground and whose fa­ther, Ed­ward, played bass gui­tar in rock bands back in the day. Add to the mix Lip­ton’s sis­ters, and you’ve got your­self a party! “My lit­tlest sis­ter, El­iz­a­beth, is get­ting re­ally good at the flute, and my other sis­ter, Olivia, loves play­ing her sax­o­phone,” he says. “Our fam­ily shares many in­stru­ments — elec­tric bass gui­tars, key­boards, drums, vi­o­lin, man­dolin, an acous­tic Tay­lor gui­tar and ukule­les. We are a fam­ily that loves to share!”

As you might sus­pect, this mu­si­cian — who has sin­gles avail­able on iTunes — has his eye on adding yet an­other in­stru­ment to the col­lec­tion this hol­i­day. “I want Santa to give me Teenage En­gi­neer­ing OP-Z,” Lip­ton says, his eyes be­com­ing as big as a Christ­mas or­na­ment. (FYI, Santa: That’s a snazzy por­ta­ble wire­less syn­the­sizer!) “I’ve

“Ac­cord­ing to the Swedish tradition, Lu­cia

comes with the light to Christ­mas on De­cem­ber 13,” shares Lip­ton, pos­ing with the Lu­cia fig­ures his grand­par­ents gave him when he was 2 years old. “As a fam­ily, we go see the Lu­cia and the pro­ces­sion/con­certs ev­ery year”

as it is an im­por­tant Swedish cel­e­bra­tion.

been play­ing around with one, and I’d love to write some more mu­sic with it.”

In ad­di­tion to mak­ing tracks, Lip­ton will also share some clas­sic tra­di­tions with his ex­tended clan. “Since my mom is from Swe­den, we nor­mally cel­e­brate with friends and eat tra­di­tional Swedish food on De­cem­ber 24,” he shares. “Swedes cel­e­brate their Christ­mas on Christ­mas Eve and eat ham, meat­balls, her­ring, kracker­bread, Janssons fres­telse, ribs, jul­gröt, Jul­must and many other de­li­cious foods served on the tra­di­tional Swedish Christ­mas din­ner ta­ble.

“Dur­ing much of my younger years,” con­tin­ues the 15-year-old, “un­til I was about 7 or 8, I spent Christ­mas in Swe­den, where ev­ery­where was cov­ered in thick snow. I miss snow on Christ­mas a lot! Now, liv­ing in San Fran­cisco, the most snow we get is a thin frost over our front lawn.”

Luck­ily, the San Fran­cisco fog hasn’t ex­actly turned this hand­some elf into a Grinch. “I love the hol­i­day sea­son just as much as I did 10 years ago,” Lip­ton smiles. “It’s still my fa­vorite time of the year.”

(sec­tion con­tin­ues)

“The hol­i­days are special to me be­cause my sis­tersand I are hang­ing out pretty much ev­ery day the en­tire day,” says Lip­ton,here with adorable El­iz­a­beth and Olivia. “Be­tween school and work, each year I seem to be around less and less, so be­ing with my sis­ters and par­ents is some­thing I re­ally look for­ward to.”

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