There will be a familiar face around Kristin Cavallari's dinner table during the holiday season: her estranged husband, Jay Cutler.
The parents of three, who split in early 2020, plan to spend the holidays together.
"For me, it's just about putting the kids first," the former reality star told Us Weekly. "The kids are the only thing that matters and what's best for them. That's how I look at it. You've just got to make the most of it. … Luckily, we are able to spend it together, and I'm really grateful for that."
Despite the somewhat fractured family dynamic, the "Very Cavallari" alum said she and her ex will continue traditions for their children, Camden, 9, Jaxon, 7, and Saylor, 5.
"We have the elves come. We did this long before Elf on the Shelf," she said. "The elves come a week before Christmas and if you're good, they put a little something in your stocking. If you're bad, you get coal. I always do an Italian meal on Christmas Eve, which is really fun."
This family togetherness isn't a foreign concept to Kristin and the former NFL player, who spent Thanksgiving together last year — just seven months after they split and while their breakup was still fairly volatile.
Earlier this year, K.Cav revealed she and Jay actually went out on a few secret dates after filing for divorce.
"Jay and I actually went on a couple dates, like, months and months and months ago, but we did," she told Kaitlyn Bristowe on her "Off the Vine" podcast, adding that their connection "wasn't there anymore."
"The thing with Jay and I is we aren't getting a divorce because of love lost, which made it really challenging because we were crazy about each other," the "Hills" alum said. "And so I just decided I didn't want to be in a toxic relationship anymore and I had to break it off. But that's made it hard and made me sit here and question it for a few months. But then going back and dating him a little bit made me reaffirm, like, 'No, I know that I'm doing the right decision.'"
"I come from divorced parents and I was like, 'I don't want my kids growing up thinking that this is a good relationship,'" she continued. "Because I got to see my mom remarry and be in a good relationship so that I knew what one was. I mean, I wanted my kids to see me happy. I just did. And they're better off. And they've adjusted really well, not that there's ever a perfect age for it, but they were at good ages. And so, I'm glad that it happened when it did."