Julia Roberts will spend "days and days" in the kitchen over the coming weeks.
The 'Money Monster' actress - who has children Hazel and Phinnaeus, 10, and Henry, eight, with husband Daniel Moder - admits one of her favourite things about the Christmas period is having the chance to try out new recipes and entertain other people with culinary delights.
She said: "I love to cook anyway and the great thing about the holidays is that you have this perfect excuse to spend all day in the kitchen for days and days.
"Not that I don't enjoy cooking every day for the five of us, but it's very exciting to get out the cookbooks and find things that are new and delicious and cook up an abundance of food for a big group of people."
The 48-year-old star may enjoy trying new recipes over Christmas, but she also has old favourites which she goes back to every year.
She said: "There's a particular Brussels sprout recipe that I have down. It requires shredding them to start with, which I think is the secret to delicious and palatable Brussels sprouts.
"My husband really likes this and I make it every year."