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Just In Time For Christmas — Another Lohan

What do you get the girl who has everything for Christmas?

That's the question Ali Lohan is struggling with right now.

"It's just really hard for my sister because she has a lot, so I probably am just going to get her something made that nobody else has," Ali says of her big sister, actress-singer Lindsay Lohan. "I'm going to make her maybe like a bracelet or something, but I don't know other than that."

Ali's new debut album, "Lohan Holiday," a 12-track Christmas CD that hit stores Nov. 21, seems like a fitting gift. After all, Lindsay is part of the inspiration behind it.

"I always watched my sister grow up and she's been my inspiration," says Ali. "I've just watched her in the recording studio and she seemed like she had so much fun doing it, now like I have the chance, I have an album out there which is pretty cool."

2The album, which Ali says was her mom Dina's idea, is a compilation of remixed Christmas classics and original songs which extol the joys of the holiday season. The title track features her 20-year old sister. On another track, "Santa's Reindeer Ride," Ali sings with Amy Grant.

Ali, who turns 13 on Dec. 22, says that she wanted to do the album "basically because Christmas is like my favorite holiday, especially because my birthday's around it."

Ali helped write a lot of the songs on the album. Her favorite track is the old standard, "Winter Wonderland." "I always listened to that song as I was growing up," she says.

Christmastime at the Lohan's is full of food and family, and Ali is gearing up for it all. Lindsay is the oldest of the Lohan brood, brother Michael is 18, and brother Dakota is 10.


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"A lot of family comes over and we just hang out. We don't, like, sing Christmas carols or any of that kind of stuff. We basically just, like, chill," she says. "Me and my sister bake cookies and we make pies and stuff. It's a lot of fun."
There is no shortage of goofing off when Ali and her sister get together. "Me and my sister, we, like, have this old man voice (we do) which is really funny," she says. "(Lindsay) thinks she's funnier than me, but yeah, I think I'm the funny one in the family!"




Lindsay, who currently stars in Emilio Estevez's film, "Bobby," and is always on the cover of one tabloid or another, has given her kid sis some advice as she enters the entertainment biz.

3"Basically, just to keep your head up high and stay strong," Ali says. "Like, if you go on an audition and don't get something, you still try. You don't give up."

Ali, who attends public school, likes all of the hubbub that comes with having a famous sibling.

"I think it's pretty cool to have a famous sister. Kids will come up to me in school and ask me, like, bad things (about her) but the best thing to do is to ignore it," she says. "They read the tabloids and they'll ask me some questions, like, 'Is this true?' But, you know, like, the kids who ask that aren't your true friend, they're not your friends, which is bad. But I have a lot of good friends, which is good."

Besides music, Ali enjoys playing soccer. "I just came to a new middle school and now I see all my friends from the different schools that I knew (from) playing soccer on the travel team, so I see them now, which is pretty fun," she says.

Much like her sister, Ali wants to dabble in both singing and acting.

"I love acting and singing, I could never decide (between the two)," she says. "I actually have a TV show. We're shopping it around. We're in development. We think we know who we're signing it with, but I'm excited for that. It's kind of like reality TV. It's just about me and my family, of course, will pop in and out."

But for now, Christmas is on the brain. What does she hope to find under the tree on Christmas morning?

"I have a lot of clothes but I guess I would like more," she says with a laugh.
By Amy Bonawitz