Mau­rice Be­nard (Sonny)

GH’s Mau­rice Be­nard (Sonny)

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when Santa Claus drops in on GH’s Mau­rice Be­nard (Sonny) and his fam­ily this year, he’s go­ing to find more than cook­ies and milk wait­ing for him — he’s go­ing to find a menagerie big enough to pull his sleigh. “Ac­tu­ally, he might never make it in­side,” chuck­les the Emmy win­ner. “Too many dogs! It’s a jun­gle here!”

Whether Kris Kringle is able to plant his gifts around Be­nard’s tree and live to tell the “tail,” the day­time icon is still guar­an­teed to have a merry Christ­mas: This will be his first since his beloved par­ents, Hum­berto and Martha Mo­rales, moved in with him and his beau­ti­ful wife, Paula. “It’s been great hav­ing them here,” says Be­nard, who has fond mem­o­ries of his fa­ther play­ing St. Nick when he was a kid. “The drink in his hand was al­ways a dead give­away.

“That,” he adds with a mis­chievous wink, “or Santa drinks whiskey just like my dad!”

Now that the Be­nards’ chil­dren are no longer lit­tle kids — daugh­ter Cai­ley is even en­gaged — the ac­tor ad­mits that he’s be­come a lit­tle nos­tal­gic about spend­ing the hol­i­days with them as young­sters. “I ac­tu­ally want an­other baby. But I’m pretty sure I’m too old,” he says with a laugh.

In any case, he and Paula have their hands full as it is. “Paula does ev­ery­thing,” mar­vels her de­voted hus­band. “She’s like Santa’s whole work­shop in one gor­geous pack­age. She dec­o­rates the whole house and gets ev­ery­thing ready. “By the time she’s done,” he con­tin­ues, “it’s magic.” This year, Paula will have some ex­tra help pret­ty­ing up the place. Cai­ley’s fi­ancé, Car­los, “is very strong and a hard worker,” says his fu­ture fa­ther-in-law. “And he’s al­ways glad to do what­ever Paula needs him to.”

Sounds like Be­nard and his fam­ily have their Christ­mas all wrapped up — with the pos­si­ble ex­cep­tion of some­thing special on his wish list? Nope. “All I care about is the health of my fam­ily and mak­ing sure every­body’s happy,” he con­cludes. “You don’t get what you want, you get what you need.”

A Dick­ens quote — what a per­fect end­ing to this Christ­mas story! “Ac­tu­ally,” Be­nard says, “I got that from the Rolling Stones.”

(sec­tion con­tin­ues)

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