“Just before Halloween, [I] start thinking about Christmas,” the actress told ET’s Denny Directo at The Grove’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday. “It just makes you feel so good. My family was always really into Christmas and my husband and I decorate like crazy.”
“We start early,” the mom of two continued. “I just took the Christmas [light] boxes down. I haven’t put them up yet, but a lot of my neighbors have. I have really radical neighbors --
the electric bill on my street, I cannot even fathom.”
Bell, 36, admitted that she and husband Dax Shephard may actually be more excited than their two daughters, who “do not really know what is going on.”
And when it comes to gifts, 3-year-old Lincoln and 1-year-old Delta won’t be writing extensive wish lists.
“We focus more on, ‘What do you want to get other people?’” said Bell. “And wrapping other gifts and saying, ‘This is a time to spoil everyone else.’ We try to take them volunteering and we tell them they can ask Santa for three presents.”
Bell leaves buying those presents to “the grandmas” and does most of her Christmas shopping online.
Christmas isn’t the only occasion bearing gifts for Delta in the coming weeks, though. The tot marks her second birthday on Dec. 19 and Shepard can’t wait to celebrate the milestone.
“I'm very sick of saying 23 months, so I'm pumped to be able to say two years,” the actor told ET’s Cameron Mathison at the Baby2Baby Gala presented by John Paul Mitchell Systems in Culver City, California, on Saturday. “That’s why I’m excited.”
According to Bell, the couple was enjoying the “fanciest date night we’ve had in awhile” at the event, which honored Jennifer Garner.
“I'm in the exact same outfit I was in Thursday night,” laughed Shepard. “[It] hasn't even been to the dry cleaner. I'm gonna get two more events out of this shirt before it goes.”
Bell was thrilled to support Garner at the gala, saying the mother of three was the perfect person to be honored with the charity's Giving Tree Award, for her dedication to children in need around the globe.
“She is unrelenting in her commitment to moms and motherhood, and caring about children, not just her own,” said Bell. “Knowing her a little bit as a person, she's the real deal.”
See Bell chat to ET about balancing work commitments with family life in the video below.