Kamala Harris & Doug Emhoff Will Have 'Very Different Christmas' — But Say 'Love Remains the Same'
Adam Schultz / Biden for President From left: Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff in Wilmington, Delaware in August
In a holiday message posted on Twitter on Friday, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff wished Americans "a safe and very merry Christmas".
"I know this is a very different Christmas than we're used to. But it's a time to still say hello, see each other and celebrate each other," said Harris, 56.
"And I know everyone has their traditions that they normally have every year, and they'll be different this year," continued Emhoff, 56, noting that the pandemic had gotten a grip on the couple's annual holiday tradition : Brunch.
"We have our traditions, we have our famous brunch that we make with our family, and we won't be able to do that this year," said Emhoff, turning to his wife. "Or I know you love making your mother's recipe for Chile Relleno, and I know we won't be able to do it this year."
Harris said she would actually be preparing the dish this year, though she added it would be a smaller serving than is traditional for the family.
The couple further noted that the pandemic had changed the holiday season in other ways too, due to unemployment, longer food lines and grief of those who lost loved ones to the virus.
They added that they thought of the members of the military and the health front who were "putting their lives on the line" for Americans.
"We're celebrating Christmas, we're celebrating the birth of Jesus, we're celebrating hope for this moment," Harris said. "It is the spirit of knowing the power we all have to leave the world better than we found it."
In addition to celebrating Christmas, the couple recently celebrated Hanukkah. Harris told followers in an Instagram video that she loved the holidays "because it's really about the light, bringing light to where it was dark."
"And it's about joy," said Emhoff. "And it's about taking joy around the world and sharing it with your family, friends, neighbors, and your community. And that's important now."
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Emhoff and Harris met through a mutual friend and married in 2014. Harris then became a stepmother (or "Momala") to Emhoff's children from a previous marriage: Cole and Ella.
The couple spent the past year campaigning - first for Harris' own presidential run and then as vice president after joining the Biden campaign.
Emhoff was a staple of the election campaign and said goodbye to his law firm to rally the voters behind his wife. He recently announced that he will be leaving the company once his wife becomes Vice President, despite making it clear that he will not act as an advisor to Harris.
"She has a lot of great people giving her political advice," Emhoff told PEOPLE in an interview with November Zoom. "I'm her partner, I'm her best friend, and I'm her husband. And that's what I'm here for. I'm here to have her back."
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Harris will be sworn in as the first female vice president of the United States on January 20, and recently told Good Morning America that she will "think of [her] mother" on inauguration day.
"I was raised by a mother who said to me all the time, 'Kamala, you may be the first to do a lot of things - make sure you are not the last'" Harris, who will also be the first black or a person of Indian descent to hold office, said Robin Roberts. "That's how I feel right now."
Harris' mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan, who died of cancer in 2009, is often cited as a role model by the California Senator who worked hard to raise her two daughters to be confident women.
"My mother understood very well that she raised two black daughters," Harris wrote in her 2019 memoir book, The Truths We Hold. "She knew her adopted home would see Maya and me as black girls, and she was determined to make sure we would grow up to be confident, proud black women."
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