updated 12/02/2010 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/05/2010 AT 5:30 PM ET
Christina Hendricks knows what will be in her Christmas stocking – and it won’t be a piece of coal.
The Mad Men star, 35, reveals that she’s always gotten a personalized piece of fruit.
“My family always does a banana with your name on it in your stocking,” she told PEOPLE recently at the opening of House of Walker, Johnnie Walker’s private event space for the holidays, in New York City. “You carve [the name] in really lightly with a pencil, and a couple hours later it’s nice and black. It sounds so gross but I promise it’s really cute!”
So what’s the origin of this tradition?
“I think it was supposed to be a healthy thing to eat on Christmas morning before you start to eat all the goodies and sweets and all those things,” she explains.