Tarek El Moussa’s kids will be spending Christmas Day at their dad’s house this year — and the father of two couldn’t be more excited to spend the holiday with everyone he loves.
PEOPLE spoke with the Flip or Flop star, 38, and his new girlfriend, Heather Rae Young of Netflix’s Selling Sunset, 32, about their holiday plans, and all they have planned for El Moussa’s two kids, Taylor Reese, 9, and Brayden James, 4, whom he shares with ex-wife Christina Anstead.
According to El Moussa, he and Young will be spending Christmas Eve together at their house in Orange County, while the kids spend it with Christina and her husband, Ant Anstead. Per their arrangement, Taylor and Brayden will then head to El Moussa’s for Christmas Day, where they will be joined by his extended family.
“We’ll be doing some wintertime swimming and cooking and doing presents and all the family stuff,” says El Moussa of their Christmas Day plans. Young, who quickly bonded with El Moussa’s family, plans on baking cookies with the kids — both vegan for her and non-vegan for El Moussa, whom she jokes is “about 73 percent” vegan.
“We had a lot of fun doing that a few months ago, so we’ll probably add that in as a Christmas tradition,” Young says of baking.
After confirming their relationship back in August, this will be the real estate experts’ first Christmas together as a couple — and the two seem thrilled to be reaching new milestones and making new memories as a pair.
“We have the best time together. He’s my best friend and I love his family, so I’m really excited to spend [Christmas] with them,” says Young.
El Moussa agrees: “We’re super excited. Everything has been going so awesome and we just love spending time together. These are all new experiences and it’s fun to share these experiences with someone new. It’s very fun.”
The pair are set to go on a trip to Mammoth Mountain after the holiday — Young an avid skier, while El Moussa is skilled on a snowboard. It will be their first ski trip together.
The duo have been sharing a lot of their lives on Instagram lately, from their recent trip to Europe to some upscale events they have attended together.
On Monday, El Moussa posted a photo to Instagram of the two of them during a picturesque date night in Los Angeles, both dressed to the nines, with Young was wearing an all-white gown.
The glamorous Abyss By Abby dress had El Moussa gushing — possibly even offering subtle hints at eventual nuptials for the couple.
“Who says the house flipper can’t get fancy with the star of #sellingsunset @heatherraeyoung,” he captioned the photo. “As you all know I’m pretty low key lol but I do enjoy getting fancy with this incredible girl by my side.”
He continued: “The moment I saw her in this white dress my heart raced and my palms got sweaty…I just love her All I can say is life is good and I’m happier and healthier then ever!!”
The Flip or Flop star again brought up the stunning dress, concluding his caption with a subtle wedding reference: “Tell me!!!!!! Do you love this dress or what!? I do!!!!!”
On her Instagram, Young shared another look at her stellar attire, asking in her caption whether her followers “like this look on me?”
El Moussa took the opportunity to share his affinity for the dress in the comment section, writing, “Just unbelievable,” to which she replied with a blush emoji and “love you.”
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El Moussa and Young were first spotted kissing on a boat in July, and confirmed their relationship in August, when he wrote on Instagram that he “never thought” he’d “meet someone special in my life after the last three years. Then…out of the blue @heatherraeyoung walked into my life.”
“The first time I saw her smile she ‘did that thing to my tummy’ and I knew right away I needed to get to know her… so I asked her out!! She said yes,” he wrote alongside several photos of the pair.
El Moussa and ex-wife Christina split publicly in December 2016 and finalized their divorce in January 2018. Christina got remarried to British TV personality Ant Anstead in December 2018 and the pair welcomed a son together in September.
The exes continue to film their HGTV series Flip or Flop together. The ninth season is set to premiere in August 2020.