But the model - testifying Monday at the custody portion of her Long Island divorce trial - says homespun family celebrations are part of a lifestyle that means the world to her.
She tearfully told the court: "That's the most important thing to have a big, happy family."
Brinkley says she tried to spare her kids the messy details of the breakup, including her discovery of husband Peter Cook's Internet porn habits.
She told the children: "I think Daddy has fallen out of love with me." But she assured them they would always be "very, very loved."
By Frank Eltman