Keri Hilson shares her favorite Christmas tradition… and she’s allergic to it

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With Christmas around the corner, many are breaking out their favorite holiday traditions. For Keri Hilson, her favorite holiday tradition is simple: her mother’s popcorn balls. 

“My mother’s very like the one to hold to just traditions down,” the singer and actress told ABC Audio while promoting her film, Hip Hop Family Christmas Wedding. “But her popcorn balls… they mean the most to me… literally that’s what she has to do every year.”

Hilson added that while her mom also makes treats like caramel apples and apple crisp pie, it’s the popcorn balls that have her in a choke hold. 

“They’re so good and so special. And she’s, like, really perfected them,” Keri said, adding that they’re so good, Hilson eats them even though she could have an allergic reaction to them. 

“I’m allergic to corn, but I’ll pop a Claritin or Zyrtec and I will eat my popcorn ball. Yes, I will,” the “Pretty Girl Rock” singer added. 

Popcorn balls aside, Hilson is just happy to be able to spend the festive holiday at home, as it hasn’t always been possible in the past. 

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“My mother’s birthday’s Christmas Eve, so I try to be home,” she said. “My occupational hazard would have me away from home for a whole lot of Christmases and other holidays, and that seems to be a busy time for performers.”

“But I’m going to be home this year and I need her popcorn balls,” Hilson continued. “That’s my favorite Christmas tradition.”

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