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Jingle belles: Tinseltown beauties totally into Christmas spirit

A native of the storied coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina, Julie Sprankles has been a lover of words her entire life. As a Southerner, she certainly has what her mama calls “the gift of gab.” When she’s not writing, Julie can be...

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, and some of Hollywood’s hottest stars seem overflowing with the merriment of the holidays. Take a cue from celebratory celebs like Audrina Patridge and catch the Christmas spirit!

Audrina Patridge at a Bongo promotional eventAudrina Patridge

Dressing up in a sexy Santa suit isn’t the only way Audrina Patridge gets into the Christmas spirit. As it turns out, the reality star’s festive getup at a recent Bongo promotional event in Hollywood is only the tip of the iceberg. Other ways Patridge celebrates the season? Throwing Christmas shindigs at restaurants like The Den, gabbing about gift ideas for sisters and girlfriends on her blog and tweeting a picture of her pup Lady donning Christmas garb.

Grey's Anatomy actress Sarah Drew volunteering at the Los Angeles MissionSarah Drew

Talk about rockin’ around the Christmas tree! Grey’s Anatomy's Sarah Drew makes the most of Dec. 25 every year by hosting a Christmas party that would put Martha Stewart to shame — Drew and her husband gather around 400 of their closest friends and family, rent out a theater and enlist musician friends to entertain guests with live music. The star, who often spreads cheer volunteering, will have to lay off the eggnog and dancing this year — she’ll be eight months pregnant!

Mariah Carey filming the Rockefeller Center tree ceremonyMariah Carey

It’s no surprise Mariah Carey enjoys the holidays — the songstress has been churning out Christmas albums since the early ‘90s! This season, she’s already as busy as an elf in Santa’s workshop (albeit a slightly more buxom, breathy elf) making her merry mark. In addition to kicking off the 80th Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at NYC’s Rockefeller Center, Carey’s rendition of “All I Want for Christmas is You,” featuring Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, has topped Billboard’s first 2012 Holiday Songs Chart.

Lauren Conrad filming ExtraLauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad loves Christmas so much that she isn’t even ashamed to show off goofy old holiday pictures of herself as a child on her blog. One such picture shows a young LC displaying one of her most beloved holiday traditions… deviled eggs (or “angel eggs,” as she dubbed them back then). Her delight in all things Christmas doesn’t stop at culinary endeavors, though — she also pumps her blog full of holiday posts about ways to give back, gift ideas, holiday wish lists and even holiday decor ideas.

Lucy Hale at ABC Family's 25 Days of ChristmasLucy Hale

Playing Aria on ABC Family’s hit show Pretty Little Liars, Lucy Hale generally spends her days on the set immersed in high-school drama, small-town scandal and, oh, you know, that pesky A who keeps murdering off people close to her. We can only imagine Christmas must be a welcome reprieve! To shift gears from morose to merry, Hale throws herself into the spirit of the season by helping others. This year, she’ll be the special guest at a benefit put on by the organization Together We Rise, which strives to improve the lives of kids in foster care.

Heidi Klum at a tree lighting in New YorkHeidi Klum

Model, mommy, entrepreneur, television host… Heidi Klum seems to possess an endless amount of enthusiasm for whatever passion she pursues. Her affinity for holidays is certainly no secret — her annual Halloween parties are epic. Since she had to cancel this year’s in the wake of Sandy’s devastation, Klum decided instead to channel her holiday spirit into a “haunted Christmas party.” Just picture Heids dressed as Cleopatra and sitting on Santa’s lap and you’ve got the gist. The best part? The party was held to raise money for the Red Cross. Klum’s Claus-like benevolence continued after the party with distributing food and supplies to New Yorkers in need at a tree-lighting ceremony.

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