Hud­son West (Jake)

GH’s Hud­son West (Jake), mom Donna, dad Scott and brother Mad­dox

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whether Hud­son West ends up spend­ing Christ­mas in Ari­zona or Ohio, the cutie who plays GH’s Jake knows one thing for sure: His hol­i­day will be the cat’s meow. “The Christ­mas sea­son is a time to re­flect on what’s im­por­tant to me,” he ex­plains. “And to me, that is spend­ing time with my fam­ily and my cats, Mid­night, Stryker and Light­ning. Since we aren’t to­gether all the time, I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.”

And for the record, Mid­night, Stryker and Light­ning are very much in­volved in the fes­tiv­i­ties. “My cats al­ways like to be in on Christ­mas with us,” West shares. “They lay un­der the tree, they sit right by us when we open our presents, and they are re­ally in­ter­ested in the wrap­ping paper! We al­ways get them treats and cat­nip, so we also like to watch them with their presents.”

The cats are also sure to be on alert when it comes to grand­mother Philom­ena’s hol­i­day in­flu­ence. “She’s Ital­ian, and her fam­ily tradition was to eat seven fishes on Christ­mas Eve,” West sets up. “So my mom tries to make us seven dif­fer­ent types of fish to eat to fol­low my grand­mother’s tradition.”

That may sound over­whelm­ing to those who are not cats, but the young­ster says, “It isn’t re­ally tor­ture, be­cause we have shrimp, crab, lob­ster, oys­ters and fish. I like that stuff!”

No sur­prise, West also en­joys his hol­i­day haul. While a phone and a hov­er­board top his list of all-time-fa­vorite gifts that he’s re­ceived from Santa, the PS4 that he shares with his brother, Mad­dox, is also pretty cool. “It works out great, be­cause we have two con­trollers, so we both can play at the same time — no fight­ing go­ing on,” he

“Open­ing presents and en­joy­ing Christ­mas din­ner are fun when we are all to­gether,” West says. “I just like be­ing with my


laughs. And then there are those presents that are as much for his fa­ther Scott as him and Mad­dox. “He bought some base­ball equip­ment that teaches tech­nique, and he likes to play that with us to help im­prove our games. And he built a hockey rink in the front yard — and he seemed to like skat­ing on it more than any­one else!”

This year, the grate­ful lit­tle guy who com­peted on DANC­ING WITH THE STARS: JU­NIORS isn’t ask­ing for much. “I don’t have a very big wish list,” he says. “I just ap­pre­ci­ate any gifts given to me.”

That seems like just the kind of at­ti­tude that Santa would ap­pre­ci­ate!

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