How 'Empire' Stars Spent Christmas

Hope everyone had a merry holiday! Christmas 2016 has came and went — and all we have left are the social media memories. That goes the same for the cast of Empire. The cast members of the hit Fox show posted on social media how they celebrated the merry holiday while on hiatus from Empire.  This post shows how the show's stars celebrated Christmas this year, compared to last year!


Merry Christmas!!

Empire Fox Christmas
Empire Fox Christmas

Jussie Smollett

Jussie spent some quality time with his family this Christmas:


Taraji P. Henson (Cookie)
Taraji transformed into Mrs. Claus this year! Don't forget to go see her new movie, Hidden Figures!


Bryshere Yazz Gray (Hakeem)
Bryshere hasn't been very active on social media lately.  Here's a tweet he shared last year:


The actor/musician volunteered with Caravan of Kindness, which helps homeless, lower income seniors and at-risk youth in Philadelphia. And he had an adorable kid "assistant" — too cute!

Grace Gealey (Anika)
Grace Byers shared a beautiful pic of her and her hubby Trai:

A photo posted by Grace Byers (@ladygracebyers) on

Last year, Grace spent some quality time with her family.  Do you think Grace and Trai will have a baby soon!?

The actress wished her fans a Merry Christmas in this snap from her own celebration, in which she's bonding with a little family member.

Kaitlin Doubleday (Rhonda)
Kaitlin adopted a family for Christmas:


Christmas is all about giving! Here's a picture of Doubleday from last year:


The actress spent Christmas Eve lounging on this hammock in Mexico. Looks so relaxing!

Serayah (Tiana)
Serayah didn't share any new content this year.  Here's a picture she posted last year:


The actress/singer had a gift filled Christmas: She woke up among gifts, and leading up to the day, she gave many gifts (below).


Gabby Sidibe (Becky)
This year, Gabourey Sidibe posted the following picture:

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She relaxed and drank some wine.  Here's an image she posted last year:


She spent the holiday listening to Beany Man radio — no apologies! She also wished Empire co-creator Lee Daniels a happy Christmas Eve birthday.


Lee Daniels (Empire co-creator and exec producer)
Lee Daniels posted the following video on Christmas Eve:


Here's what he posted last year:


The director spent his birthday and Christmas with his daughter, who flew in for the occasion. All together now: Aww!