'Real Housewives' Star Phaedra Parks Says Imprisoned Ex Apollo Nida Will Be Part of Family's Christmas -- Via

Parks says she and Nida co-parent as best they can while he's behind bars.

The holidays are in full swing for Phaedra Parks and her sons, 5-year-old Ayden and 2-year-old Dylan.

“Of course, it's lots of holiday parties,” she told ETonline. “Ayden's in the Nativity scene for his school play, so we're rehearsing for his two lines, and he's all excited about being the Wise Man, which, you know, he doesn't really say much, but I'm sure he's going to improvise, because he loves to talk.”

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“The wise, talkative man,” Phaedra laughed. “But, we'll have a huge family dinner, we'll have game night, where I invite all my friends over, and I'm thinking about doing a big play date for all the kids at the school to come by the house, as well.”

Phaedra is learning to navigate Christmas as a single mom. Her estranged husband, Apollo Nida, is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence, which makes co-parenting difficult.

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“Well, it's sort of hard,” Phaedra said. “Now we can do video chatting, so he is getting to see the children on video, so that's pretty good. We talk about the Christmas lists -- I'm not very big on a lot of toys, because I think Christmas isn't really about receiving, it's about giving. I don't want to raise spoiled brats, so I'm always wanting them to learn the true meaning of Christmas: Christ.”

“That’s always hard at this age,” Phaedra continued. “So we're talking about, you know, how many toys are appropriate and what's too much.”

Back in November, Phaedra told ETonline she and Apollo speak four to five times a week from prison, if not more. For more from that chat with the reality star, check out the video below.