25 December 2023
Bob Pranga, known as Dr. Christmas, shares his insights into the world of celebrity holiday decorating.
In the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, there is one man who brings the magic of Christmas to the homes of the stars. Bob Pranga, better known as Dr. Christmas, has been decking the halls of celebrities for over four decades. From Beyoncé to Mariah Carey, Pranga has adorned the homes of some of the biggest names in showbiz. As I sit with him in my Los Angeles apartment, he shares his experiences, insights, and the secrets behind his success.
A Journey to Becoming Dr. Christmas
Pranga’s journey into the world of holiday decor began in 1984 when he started working in the holiday department at Macy’s Herald Square store in New York City. It was there that a chance encounter with Mia Farrow led to his first celebrity decorating gig. Farrow expressed her desire for someone to decorate her tree, and Pranga seized the opportunity. From that moment, he knew he had found his calling.
Behind the Scenes of Celebrity Christmas
While Pranga has had the privilege of working with A-list celebrities, he remains mostly behind the scenes. His role is to set up the perfect holiday atmosphere, often missing out on the actual celebrations. However, Pranga cherishes the opportunity to see these stars as regular people in the comfort of their own homes. He describes Beyoncé as “a lovely lady” and John Legend and Chrissy Teigen as down-to-earth and authentic.
The Art of Christmas Decoration
Pranga’s expertise lies not only in his design skills but also in understanding his clients’ desires and aspirations. He takes the time to learn about who they are and who they want to be, creating a personalized experience for each individual. For many, Christmas is a time to recreate or fix past memories, and Pranga helps his clients navigate the emotional baggage that often comes with the holiday season.
From Kathy Hilton to Paris Hilton
Pranga’s career took off when he began working with Kathy Hilton, who introduced him to her circle of famous friends. He has since decorated the homes of Paris Hilton, Kris Jenner, and many other notable figures. Pranga fondly recalls his experiences with each celebrity, from Mariah Carey’s clear vision for her decorations to Christina Applegate’s annual tradition of saving money for her Christmas elves.
The Future of Dr. Christmas
As Pranga reflects on his career, he contemplates what the future holds. He acknowledges that the next generation of decorators is emerging, but he believes his strength lies in understanding his clients on a deeper level. Pranga’s passion for Christmas remains unwavering, and he plans to continue spreading holiday cheer in whatever form it may take.
Bob Pranga, or Dr. Christmas, has carved out a unique niche in the world of holiday decor. His ability to create personalized experiences and understand the emotional significance of Christmas sets him apart from others in the industry. As the next generation of decorators emerges, Pranga’s legacy as the go-to holiday decorator for Hollywood’s elite remains firmly intact. So, as we gaze upon our own Christmas trees this year, let’s remember the magic that Dr. Christmas brings to the homes of the stars and the joy he spreads during the most wonderful time of the year.