For now, at least, it appears that 4 ½-year-old Roman Walker Zelman will continue to enjoy the best of both worlds over the holidays. During a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, his mom — actress Debra Messing, 40 — revealed that her son "knows he’s Jewish" but "doesn’t know that Santa doesn’t come for Jewish people." Debra adds that she "hasn’t broken it to him" yet, so the family "do both" celebrations.
"We have the menorah and we light the candles and so for him, he just knows that it’s Hanukkah because there’s fire…He also loves the prayer, and he pretends like he knows how to say the prayer (babbles jibberish). And he’s so proud of himself."
Roman, who "wants everything" but is not "getting everything," receives eight presents for Hanukkah and then visits his grandmother on Christmas Day, Debra said. "That’s where he gets the much better deal, the whole present explosion under the tree." The holidays in California are a far cry from her holidays growing up in New England, which Debra described as "very Norman Rockwell-ian." The family — which includes Debra’s husband Daniel Zelman — get themselves in the spirit by visiting the outdoor mall The Grove, where Roman enjoys a dancing water display and a neon Santa Claus.
"It goes across slowly on this wire, and you watch it, and then it stops, and then it backs up, and then it goes again. And you’re thinking, ‘Okay how long can this entertain this child?’ Three hours later, it’s like okay, ‘We have to go!’ He just loved it."
Debra’s new movie Nothing Like The Holidays opens Dec. 12.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!