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Katie Holmes Shares Valentine’s Day Plans and Traditions

Katie Holmes (Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com)

For many recent divorcees, Valentine’s Day is a dreaded holiday. For Katie Holmes, it’s a time for family.

The notorious sweet tooth – she and her 6-year-old daughter, Suri, are constantly photographed nibbling on cupcakes or sipping milkshakes – began celebrating early when she arrived at the Godiva Rockefeller Center boutique in New York City with her mother and her aunt on Thursday. As we soon learned, spending Valentine’s Day with her mom is an important part of the holiday for the 34-year-old.

“My mom always made us red pancakes growing up,” she told omg! exclusively. “Growing up in Ohio, it usually was snowing a lot this time of year, so there were a couple of snow days that fell around Valentine’s Day. It made it extra special.”

And that tradition continues for Katie and her family today. Now, “I make the red pancakes,” she said.

Holmes Family (Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com)

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Not surprisingly, another of Katie’s current Valentine’s Day traditions with her daughter includes fresh blooms.

“[Suri and I] usually have friends over and make flower arrangements,” she shared. “I’m all about D.I.Y.”

(Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com)

Apparently, this has always been the case. When asked about handing out valentines at school as a child, she confessed, “I always liked making my own valentines.”

After tasting several truffles with her family, Katie couldn’t pick a favorite. “There’s a truffle for every mood you’re in,” she told omg! “So if you’re not really feeling chocolate, you could do the birthday cake truffle – the pink one – I really like that one. But then if you really just need a little hunk, there’s the praline brownie, which was amazing. And the cookie dough, which I also really love.”

Holmes and her mom (Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com)

Looking as fresh-faced as she did during the “Dawson’s Creek” era, Katie made sure to dip some of her own fruit in chocolate to take home and share later. “It’s so exciting to get chocolate [as a gift],” she explained. Thankfully, she managed to avoid dripping any of the snack on her A.P.C. jeans or vintage sweater.

“I like everything,” Katie said of her love of sweets. “I try to not overdo it. It’s amazing how your body just wants chocolate at this time of year.”

Katie was celebrating the store’s special seasonal kissing booth as part of their campaign encouraging chocolate lovers to “Share the Love” of chocolate with their friends, which includes the chance to win a 19-piece Gold Ballotin… and up to 500 more to share with friends. “Like” Godiva on Facebook for more details.