Hoda Kotb Shares the Holiday Tradition Fiancé Joel Schiffman Never Skips, No Matter the Weather

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Hoda Kotb spoke about her family's vacation traditions.
Today's co-host announced that her fiancé Joel Schiffman always grills outside in shorts and flip-flops in all weathers.
Hoda's family practically gathered in his year due to the pandemic.
At Hoda Kotb, everything revolves around the holidays. The Today With Hoda & Jenna co-host recently detailed her family's traditions, including some expected activities like baking cookies, wearing festive pajamas, and making ornamentation.
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But her fiancé Joel Schiffman has a tradition that makes her laugh every year: he brings the grill outside in flip-flops and shorts, whatever the weather.
"One thing will be for sure: there will be a man in flip-flops in the snow and it will be Joel," she said, adding that her fiancé spends all day in the kitchen. "He loves to cook and I think he doesn't stand a chance, but over the Christmas season he makes this big roast that is so good."
And all of these delicious flavors and aromas make the home really cozy. "There's something about the house, it's that smell," she said. "It smells like delicious cooking and Joel has a bottle of wine."
They also love going out with decorations. "We hung our stockings carefully on the chimney, Joel likes to do that," said Hoda. "We have a beautiful tree to decorate." Her daughters Haley Joy (3) and Hope Catherine (1) also make their own ornaments.
But a tradition that Joel doesn't seem to love? Dress in matching pajamas. "We all started with the tradition of carrying the same Christmas jams. I'm not sure Joel ever really liked that, but he's playing along," Hoda said with a laugh. "And every year they are different."
While they usually visit Hoda's mother Sameha and sister Hala in person, this year looked a little different due to the pandemic. "I'm happy that we can sit together, although it's convenient," she said. "And I just realized how lucky we should be that we have this."
Hoda added that they've also scaled down their usual number of gifts this year. "I told Haley that we were going to get three presents from Santa Claus because I think this is a time when we should think more about giving ... And we tried to remind ourselves and our children "She explained," Christmas is not about all of that, it should be more about giving, generosity and kindness. "
"I feel like all of us, every single one of us, including the children, should be giving away things this year," she added. "Haley loves giving things away, so we're going to keep that tradition alive."
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