Lady Gaga lives a whirlwind life of superstardom bordering "on the edge of glory," but when it comes to the holidays, there's only one place the world traveler likes to unwind.
"I just like to be with my family," the 25-year-old told "Good Morning America" of her favorite holiday traditions. "We just love to eat all day long and watch whatever TV special is on, watch old movies."
Much harder for the singer with legions of devoted fans is to completely disconnect, or watch a movie uninterrupted by phone calls from her "Little Monster" fans.
"My father refuses to change our home phone number, so the phone is just ringing all day long," Gaga said of what happens when she goes home for the holidays. "He goes, 'Hold on. It's Alicia from Tennessee.' And then he hands me the phone, and I'm like 'Hi, Alicia.' And it's, 'Oh my God, it's really you."
"They're never, never gone, my other family, little monsters," Gaga told "GMA." "The phone's always ringing."
Gaga's phone will stop ringing long enough for her to appear in the "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving" special airing Thanksgiving Day on ABC, but it's the holiday after Thanksgiving that really grabs her heart.
"I love giving gifts more than I like receiving gifts, so Christmas is one of my favorite times," she said.
This Christmas, Gaga is giving holiday shoppers the ultimate gift, a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience at Barney's New York that only Gaga could create.
"Gaga's Workshop" is a 5,500-square-foot wonderland full of candy, books, toys, clothes and more that the world-famous singer partnered with the designer department store to create.
The Workshop is a dream of Gaga's, her vision brought to life with the aid of stylist Nicola Formichetti, artist Eli Sudbrack and Barneys' creative director Dennis Freedman.
"We received a wonderful email from Barneys asking if we wanted to do a collaboration for Christmas," she told "GMA." "I've been doing videos now for awhile, and working with some amazing people, so I've acquired sort of a wide palette in terms of what I like to see visually."
Taking over the entire fifth floor of the Madison Avenue Men's store, the Workshop is a visual sight to behold, with mini-shopping areas include a jewelry shop created out of an oversized Lady Gaga-turned-spider and a wig-shaped boudoir that dispenses Gaga's signature bow headbands fashioned from hair.
There's also a candy shop, toy shop, closet space, library and gallery to round out your shopping experience.
"I just wanted there to be something for everyone," she said. "Some things that are affordable, and some things that are more special."
The more special items include a $95 chocolate shoe, a $1,600 disco ball necklace and replicas of her notorious red-carpet fashions, including the armadillo-shaped Alexander McQueen she wore in the video for "Bad Romance" and the "Meat Dress" she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
The rest of her "Little Monsters" can choose among special editions of Gaga's favorite childhood books, an $85 box of cookies shaped like her outfits, black platform stiletto Christmas stockings for $65 and a $35 spin toy in the shape of an egg that opens to show a Gaga figurine in a gold dress, an ode to her red-carpet arrival at this year's Grammy Awards.
Beyond satisfying her creative fires and whimsical holiday dreams, the Workshop is a particularly personal, and passionate, project for Gaga.
Twenty-five percent of all sales from Gaga's Workshop, open now through January 2, will be donated by Barneys to the "Born This Way Foundation," the organization recently founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, to focus on youth empowerment and equality.
"This is our passion project. The charity is focused around inspiring bravery and kindness in youth all over the world," she said. "My mom and I are really passionate about that. It's an organization centered around anti-bullying and pushing the boundaries of acceptance."