Lady Gaga's mom opens up about their Thanksgiving plans

The holidays have always been about giving for Cynthia Germanotta, her husband Joe, and their daughters, Natali and Stefani — better known as Lady Gaga. Now, Cynthia, 64, and Gaga, 32, help others year-round through the Born This Way Foundation. It was Gaga’s fans, Cynthia recalls in the new issue of Us Weekly, who inspired them to create a nonprofit dedicated to helping young people become “better equipped to deal with their struggle.” This year, until December 21, the foundation invites people to get involved and share their charitable efforts using the hashtag #MultiplyYourGood.

In recent years, the famous family spent Thanksgiving cooking dinner at shelters. “The year before last, we did it at the Ali Forney Center in NYC, which is a homeless shelter for LGBT youth,” recalls Germanotta. “We went there and gave gifts and lots of hugs and spent several hours with the kids talking and meditating, and my daughter played music.”

Giving back is not their only tradition. “We all cook together,” says Germanotta. “One year, we had a cook-off to try to make different kinds of turkey and then judge them, so that’s always fun. During the other holidays, our life is centered around food and the giving of food and cooking and baking together.”

When Gaga was a little monster, their Thanksgiving centered around a New York City staple. “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was big for us,” says Germanotta, who still lives in the Big Apple. “Even bigger was the night before, when they would blow up the balloons. Every year, I’d make a thermos of hot chocolate and we’d walk with the kids. It was just so much fun to see Snoopy come to life in the street.”

For more on Lady Gaga’s holiday plans, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now!

With reporting by Marc Lupo

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Celebrity Thanksgiving moments through the years
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Celebrity Thanksgiving moments through the years
Who says Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving can't overlap? Amy Schumer spent the 2015 holiday with Jennifer Lawrence and Aziz Ansari.
Not all Thanksgiving meals are home-cooked! Ryan Seacrest and his family spent the day at a casual local restaurant.
Ellen captured this pic from a few years ago, "Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a photo of some of the things I’m most thankful for."
Chef Timberlake! It's not easy to perfect a Thanksgiving dessert, but Justin Timberlake managed to do so -- and we love that he called the task "dad life."
Isn't this what we all wear for Thanksgiving dinner? Beyonce's fierce look in 2017 made us all feel self-conscious about wearing sweatpants.
This sweet Thanksgiving Day moment between Zoe Saldana and her beau proves that romance isn't just for Valentine's Day.
Sometimes amid all the family craziness, you need a moment of solitude, like Zac Efron did on Thanksgiving Day last year.
Ariana Grande spent last year's Thanksgiving with then-boyfriend Mac Miller, who passed away this year. The bittersweet video is a reminder to appreciate each day and tell those you love that you love 'em.
Zendaya and her mom -- who took this photo -- enjoyed a beach sunset during Thanksgiving.
Gwen Stefani snapped this pic of a very outdoorsy Thanksgiving -- Blake Shelton spent the afternoon out by a lake.
Kaia Gerber's brief baking whoops is all too relatable for anyone who's tried to cook Thanksgiving dinner.
Kourtney Kardashian wore a matching outfit with her son on Thanksgiving a few years back.
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