Keeping Up With The Kardashians: Kim and Kris Jenner get emotional as reality star takes over Christmas party planning from mom
It was, Kris Jenner said, ‘a changing of the guards.’
After nearly 40 years of throwing her family’s Christmas party, the momager stepped down and let her daughter Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye West assume responsibility for it on Keeping Up with the Kardashians Sunday night.
The resulting party—an otherworldly all-white affair inspired by Whoville, the town featured in Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas—boasted everything from a candy bar and lollipop stations to igloos, snow and a sledding hill and was rumored to cost $1.3 million.
In charge: After nearly 40 years of throwing her family’s Christmas party, Kris Jenner, 38, handed Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye West the reigns
John Legend performed his hit, All of Me, both Santa and the Grinch paid visits, and the roster of star-studded guests included Sia, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Paris Hilton and Dave Chappell.
But getting there wasn’t a painless process for anyone.
‘I love the holidays and I’m obsessed with Christmas,’ explained Kris, 63, in a confessional after her daughter asked to take over planning for Christmas 2018. ‘Christmas means so much to me and my kids. I plan the party favors and Santa and food, and I look forward to it every year.’
‘I just think the kids have evolved from it just being, like, your friends,’ her daughter, 38, told her as the two sat together at the Kardashian-West home. ‘It’s kind of like this older party.’
‘There’s reindeer and hot dog on a stick,’ protested Kris.
Emotional: Kris, 63, grew teary at the thought of not getting to throw the party at her house for the first time
‘Like, there’s literally people we don’t know,’ retorted Kim.
‘Our Christmas Eve party was this fun party that I just remember being friends and family and my grandparents and cousins, and it was just the best night ever,’ the lawyer-in-training said. ‘But my mom has been doing It for so long that it’s turned into something different, like it’s just kind of a party just for my Mom, and mostly her friends.’
In a flashback, she was even more honest, calling it ‘a sh*tshow.’
‘The time has come that maybe we switch the location and have it here at our house,’ Kim told her mom, adding that she’d have husband Kanye West, 42, come up with ideas. ‘We just have a different vibe and a different energy. And we all collectively, all the siblings feel that way.’
Doesn’t like it: Kim thought it was time to move on
‘So I’m outnumbered,’ said Kris, growing teary at the thought of not getting to throw the party at her house for the first time.
‘You’re outnumbered,’ Kim replied, seeking her blessing.
She starred to tear up, too. ‘You’re making me cry, seeing you cry,’ she told her mother. ‘It’s just a party.’
‘I know, but it’s not just a party,’ Kris pointed out. ‘It’s changing of the guards. It means I’m getting old.’
‘You’ll have fun, don’t worry—you’ll love it,’ Kim promised.
Emotional: Kris worried that she was getting old
In the planning stages, Kim ended up with a giant vision board, full of Kanye’s ideas. As she showed it to sister Khloé Kardashian, 34, the younger woman stood openmouthed, repeatedly saying, “Oh my g**.”‘
Kim called it a West Winter Wonderland.
Khloé had a good laugh while sitting in the front seat of a shared town car later, when she heard Kim discussing the party’s cost with Kanye.
‘I really need you to not be upset, but this is so inappropriate,’ Kim was overheard telling her husband on the phone. ‘That is so much money for a party for one night.’
‘First of all, we can’t put snow in the street from the city,’ she continued. ‘We do not need an ice skating rink. No, I don’t want to ruin our whole landscaping. I literally will cancel the whole party.’
‘Kanye definitely wants to deliver and just thinks, you know, “Here,” and then I come in as a buzzkill like, “Wait a minute, we need to scale back,”‘ Kim said in a confessional, saying finances stressed her out.
This is what he likes: Kim showed Khloe some of Kanye’s floor plans for the party
Extravagant; Kim called it a West Winter Wonderland
Khloé stopped laughing, however, when she heard about Kim’s decision to invite Caitlyn Jenner, Kris’ ex, to the party.
‘I thought I was doing the right thing,’ Kim told Khloé and their sister Kourtney, 40, defensively as the three shared a meal together. ‘I just wanted peace. I thought, ‘the more the merrier!”‘
‘But what about mom’s peace?’ asked Khloé, referencing the fact that Kris had been deeply upset by the way she was depicted in 69-year-old Caitlyn’s 2017 autobiography, The Secrets of My Life.
Kim called her mother, and told her she’d dis-invite Caitlyn.
Not funny: Khloé stopped laughing, however, when she heard about Kim’s decision to invite Caitlyn Jenner, Kris’ ex, to the party
‘I promise you, I’m fine,’ Kris said. Just let it go. Vodka’s my friend.’
Kim was getting freaked out. ‘This is not how I thought it would be, taking over this party,’ she explained. ‘I want everyone to have fun… I thought it would be a good time, but between Khloé mad at me, Kanye mad, like—everyone’s mad at me, and it’s just not worth the stress.’
‘I feel so bad,’ she added, saying she just wanted her mom to have a good time and feel satisfied that she’d been right to pass the baton.
That wasn’t all the drama on the home front. Her daughter North’s hamster, Blacktail, a fancy bear, was found stiff and dead in its cage.
RIP: That wasn’t all the drama on the home front. Her daughter North’s hamster, Blacktail, a fancy bear, was found stiff and dead in its cage
As her daughter, 5, attended school, Kim and her assistant poked the animal in its cage. She worried about what to say to North.
‘It’s the first time she’s really, really loved an animal. More than her dog,’ Kim explained to Khloé, who’d bought the hamster for North. ‘This kind of s*** I can’t deal with. This is why you don’t get someone a pet.’
‘Don’t ever do this to me again,’ Kim added. ‘I literally hate you.’
‘Are you going to get me killed too?’ Khloé asked.
Confirmation: As her daughter, 5, attended school, Kim and her assistant poked the animal in its cage. She worried about what to say to North
The next day, a sleepy Kim said she’d been up until midnight that night with North, debating whether Blacktail was dead or just sleeping.
‘I literally tried to break it to her,’ Kim explained. ‘I said, ‘I think your hamster is dead, Northie. And she would pick it up, dead, and go, ‘No, it’s not, it’s just sleeping, Mom. It’s just sleeping.’
She covered the hamster’s absence from its cage by telling the little girl that it was at the vet’s office getting checked out—but North wouldn’t even let her mom take the cage.
Not buying it: Kim said North wouldn’t believe that the hamster died
Kim worried North would think the death was her fault, and headed to local pet stores to find a replacement with the same stripe on its back.
‘Wait, is it hamster and not hampster?’ Khloé asked Kim in the car as she Googled them.
‘Is it? I always thought it was a hampster!’ Kim said.
‘My mind is blown,’ Khloé marveled.
Tricks: Kim and Khloe bought a replacement hamster and gave it to North
A similar fancy bear hamster was finally found, and discreetly placed on the hamster wheel in the Blacktail’s old cage.
‘I just pray to God North can’t tell the difference—and if she can, it’ll be Khloé’s fault,’ Kim said to the cameras.
‘I’m not doing this again. When this one dies, we’re facing the facts of life,’ she added.
Khloé put the cage back in North’s room. ‘It might be 400 degrees up here. That could be why the animals keep dying,’ she joked.
Awkward? As Kim sweated Christmas party details and hamster runs, Kourtney elected to go on vacation to Cabo for three days with her ex Scott Disick, 36, the father of her three children, and his girlfriend Sofia, 20.
As Kim sweated Christmas party details and hamster runs, Kourtney elected to go on vacation to Cabo for three days with her ex Scott Disick, 36, the father of her three children, and his girlfriend Sofia, 20.
She knew Scott was planning to take their son Mason, nine, away for his birthday somewhere warm, she said—and rather than experience FOMO, or the Fear of Missing Out, on the trip, she opted to join them.
‘Don’t take this the wrong way, because I know I sound like a meddling mom, but I am dying to know what exactly is going on with you and Scott on these family vacations where you take Sofia,’ her mother prodded after she returned, while hanging out at Kourtney’s house.
It’s all good: Kourtney said she had a great time
‘I had a great time,’ said Kourtney, calling Sofia ‘easy to be around.’
She explained that she and her kids shared a 3BR villa in one building, while Scott and Sofia had a 1BR in another location.
‘I feel like we are doing our best to make everything feel super normal for the kids,’ she said in a confessional. ‘I know with my parents, as soon as everyone got along, life was so much easier.’
Winter wonderland: Eventually, everyone came together at the Christmas party, including Kylie Jenner, Stormi Webster, True Thompson and Khloe
Friend’s performance: John Legend performed All of Me
Everyone came together again at the Christmas party.
‘It’s actually really nice to see Kourtney and Scott and Sofia all at the Christmas party and everybody getting along,’ Kris admitted. ‘And having a really good time. So it’s a new generation.’
‘KIm and Kanye completely outdid themselves,’ said Kylie Jenner, 21, of the jaw-dropping affair. ‘It literally looks like we’re in a different world.’
Kim had a great time, too, sledding down the ski mountain in a long dress, with Paris Hilton right behind her in a gown. ‘Everyone was so drunk,’ she said, adding that Khloé, Mason and other family members danced all night long, while North fell asleep on Kanye’s shoulders.
Making it work: The party included Sofia Richie, who is Scott’s girlfriend
A true crowd: Jennifer Lopez joined Kim for the event. Former BFF Paris Hilton also stopped by
Even she imbibed. ‘I was so drunk, and I never get drunk,’ Kim noted, as a shot of her falling over with Hilton next to her was shown.
On a more sober note, she paid serious tribute to her mother’s hard work. ‘I completely respect and have a newfound appreciation for all of the parties that my mom has thrown us over the years,’ Kim confessed. ‘There’s so much work [that goes] into this.’
The family wound down from all the excitement with a Christmas meal and photo in matching PJs, as each shared their ‘peak’ and ‘pit,’ or high and low, of the past few weeks.
Sharing: The family wound down from all the excitement with a Christmas meal and photo in matching PJs, as each shared their ‘peak’ and ‘pit,’ or high and low, of the past few weeks
Kris revealed that she had finally come to terms with the changing of the guard, and even enjoyed having the time to herself again.
‘Having the Christmas party year after year and being responsible for everyone’s magical night is a lot,’ she recognized. ‘It’s a lot of responsibility. And I’m not going to lie: It actually felt really good to let someone else handle it for once.’
‘I had so much fun, but I just want someone to hurry up and take it over from me,’ her daughter said.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sunday night at 9 pm on E!
Cute: The family wound down from all the excitement with a Christmas meal and photo in matching PJs, as each shared their ‘peak’ and ‘pit,’ or high and low, of the past few weeks
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