Mindy Kaling Says B.J. Novak Will Dress Up as Santa for Her Kids on Christmas

Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak may not be dating anymore, but the two still spend the holidays together. The Office co-star/co-producers consider each other family. And according to Kaling, Novak is starting a brand new Christmas tradition with her kids. 

BJ Novak and Mindy Kaling at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
BJ Novak and Mindy Kaling attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party | Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Mindy Kaling has two children

Kaling gave birth to her daughter, Katherine, in 2017. She did not disclose any paternity details but was very forthcoming about her pregnancy and life as a new mom. While she never posts pictures of Katherine’s face, Kaling does share adorable photos of her daughter on social media.

In October 2020, Kaling shocked fans when she appeared on Stephen Colbert’s show and revealed that she had given birth to her son, Spencer. The new mom said that she kept mum about the pregnancy because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“No one saw me,” Kaling said. “There was so much going on and so much heartbreak in the world that it felt strange to go out of my way.”

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B.J. Novak is Katherine and Spencer’s godfather

Novak and Kaling have dated on-and-off for years. And although they have admittedly broken up, the two Office stars are still very close. Novak is the godfather of Kaling’s children, and he visits them weekly.

“You know, he said the funniest thing because he’s so attached to my older child, my daughter,” Kaling said of Novak on the Today show. “When I said, you know, ‘B.J., if something happens to me, it’s not like I have a husband like you have to just take the kids.’ And he’s like ‘Oh, my God, don’t tempt me.'”

Mindy Kaling (R) and BJ Novak arrive for the 92nd Oscars on February 9, 2020.
Mindy Kaling (R) and BJ Novak arrive for the 92nd Oscars on February 9, 2020. |Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

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Kaling also suggested that Novak is so attached to her daughter that he often jokes about suing for custody. “He said the funniest thing, he was like, ‘Can you sue for god-paternity rights?'” she added. “He just loves her so much.”

Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak are starting a new holiday tradition

In a recent interview with Tory Burch, Kaling talked about her new life as a mom of two. She noted that her daughter is a Santa fan. And because she’s unable to take Katherine to see Santa at the mall during the pandemic, Novak is going to come over, dressed as Saint Nick.

“This year what I think we’re going to do is my daughter and I are going to make cookies and apple cider and we’re going to be in the kitchen,” Kaling said. “And then her godfather is B.J. Novak, and he is going to show up and go to our living room where the tree is in a Santa costume. Now, just so you know, we’re Hindu, and B.J. is Jewish, so this is, like, cultural appropriation on our part.”

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Kaling went on to detail how the two planned to pull the Santa tradition off. And the Emmy-winning writers made sure to give Santa a backstory just in case Katherine asked.

“So this is the whole ruse that we’re going to do, and this might become a tradition,” Kaling explained. “We’re going to be baking cookies, and then all of a sudden we’re going to hear bells from another room — And then we’re going to go over to the living room where we hear bells, and B.J. dressed as Santa is going to be asleep on the sofa with a bag because he needed to take a rest.”