OnlyOnAOL: The 'ugly' habit Whoopi Goldberg just can't break

By: Donna Freydkin

Let's get one thing straight.

You and I may call those tacky, gaudy, cheesy jumpers "ugly" Christmas sweaters, bedecked with candy-canes and reindeer and ornaments. But comedian and "View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg won't play along.

"I love ugly Christmas sweaters," she states, using the phrase in air-quotes. (Watch our interview with 'View" cast member Candace Cameron Bure above).

Goldberg, who has written children's books and is one of the select entertainers who has won an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy and a Golden Globe, decided to add one more job to her resume. She partnered with Lord & Taylor and designed her own collection of holiday attire.

"It's something I wear myself. There are a couple of different companies I found over the years I really enjoy. I didn't want them to feel cheap. So they don't. They look really good. They're at a really good price. They're as wild as they can get. We're really at the holidays, one human race," she says.

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You can bet that she'll wear them starting December 1 on ABC's "The View."

"I try to space it out so I get to wear them all. They're fun. I try to tell people where they can find them. Now the only difference is, I will add mine own there as well," says Goldberg, who owns about a dozen of the holiday staples.

Her Lord & Taylor collection consists of nine styles, and all retail for $139. She might design a kids' line, so her great-granddaughter can wear one at some point.

Speaking of, Goldberg has the kind of holiday traditions that make for a raucous, rousing family festivus.

"The whole family comes and stays. I start cooking Christmas eve, party real loud, shut my door, laugh a lot. I wake everybody up at the crack of dawn at Christmas morning with the loudest rendition of the hallelujah chorus I can find. There are about 12 of us. It's great. We try to all be together, to have some fun. All my grandkids are grown and I have one great-grandaughter who'll be 3 in March. I'm making it crazy. Elf on the shelf, and menorahs everywhere," she says.

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