Hoda Kotb Admits Family Photo Featured in New Holiday Card Is Deceiving: 'It Was Too Late'

The mom of two admits time got away from her last holiday season when it came to sending out cards

<p>Hoda Kotb/Instagram</p> Hoda Kotb smiles with daughters Hope and Haley

Hoda Kotb/Instagram

Hoda Kotb smiles with daughters Hope and Haley

Hoda Kotb isn't going to be wasteful with last year's holiday cards.

On Wednesday, the Today co-anchor, 59, was chatting with Jenna Bush Hager, 41, about family Christmas cards. Kotb, who is mom to daughters Hope, 4, and Haley, 6, then showed off her family's photo and explained the story behind it.

"I did one last year, which I liked a lot," she said, sharing a photo of the card. "There it is. Does it say the date on it? It does not say the date!"

She then admitted, "I never sent them out because it was too late."


"Yeah, I didn’t receive it," Bush Hager confirmed.

"So maybe we can use the same one. Everyone looks the same, ish," Kotb mused, with Bush Hager reassuring, "It’s just a year different!"

The two then agreed, "The tree is the same!"

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<p>NBC</p> Hoda Kotb reveals family's Christmas Card


Hoda Kotb reveals family's Christmas Card

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Last month, the mom of two dropped a piece of advice she received that helped quell her older daughter's meltdowns.

"I am learning so much about raising my kids," Kotb said. "I’m learning because what I realized is, there are resources available if we need to help raise our child. I think sometimes we think, ‘My child’s this way…’ — ‘cause sometimes at our house, Haley will have a meltdown about something and I didn’t know how to deal with it."

"And someone was helping me, they said, ‘This is what you should do.’ In case anyone has a child with meltdowns, what do you do? So If your child says, ‘I’m scared, I’m scared! Something’s under the bed!’ Don’t go, ‘Look honey, there’s nothing, why are you scared, there’s nothing to be scared of.’"

Hoda Kotb Instagram Hoda Kotb with daughters Hope and Haley
Hoda Kotb Instagram Hoda Kotb with daughters Hope and Haley

"Or, ‘My friends don’t like me!’ ‘They like you!’ — Don’t do that! The very first thing you should do, they say, grownups and kids, is validate your child’s feelings. ‘That must be scary.’ And then all of a sudden, the shoulders drop and then you can have a conversation," Kotb said,

"And then he said something to me that was a game-changer for me. ‘Cause sometimes the meltdown’s happening and it’s bedtime, so you want to go, ‘But honey, you gotta got to bed.’ But honey, you gotta go to sleep.’ He said, ‘Take the word but out of your sentence and put in the word and.’ So in other words, ‘Honey, I see what you’re saying. And honey, your body needs to rest. AND honey, your body needs to rest!’"

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