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Duane Chapman Shares Family's Plans for First Christmas Without Beth

Duane Chapman Shares Family's Plans for First Christmas Without Beth

Duane Chapman (aka Dog the Bounty Hunter) is opening up about his family’s Christmas plans six months after his beloved wife Beth Chapman‘s passing.

The 66-year-old bounty hunter dished about keeping his late wife’s memory alive a new interview with ET.

“For the holidays, probably half of us, including me, will be in Colorado, and then the other half is in Hawaii, and of course Leland is in Alabama,” Duane said about his son and co-star on his reality series. “So this year, everybody’s all spread out.”

Beth was old style, old-fashioned,” he continued. “So, you know, that means the tree and the presents. All the stockings hung up… so I’m trying to keep that exact tradition. I’ve got it all decorated. All the stockings are hung. We always left — when the kids were young — cookies for Santa, and I think I’ll do that this year also.”

“Every little ball that’s on the tree, every ornament, you know, there’s 20 years plus of ornaments on that tree, so as I hung [them], I remembered where and when we bought each one,” he added.

Beth knew every single [Christmas song], and she made us all listen to Christmas songs like two weeks before Christmas,” Dog the Bounty Hunter shared. “As we decorated the tree, she’d put on Christmas songs. Every night before we went to bed she’d put them on. So I think the girls are taking it the hardest without being able to sing with mom.”

Beth Chapman died in June at age 51 after a two-year battle with throat cancer.

“It’s the worst thing you could ever go through,” Duane Chapman said. “I’ve been to prison, I’ve been let out of prison. I’ve captured some of the worst sons of bitches in the world, and nothing is worse than this. … What a terrible year I had. Ended this year with Beth being gone, so I know that 2020 has got to be better cause nothing can be that bad.”

READ MORE: Dog the Bounty Hunter Is ‘Under Doctor’s Care’ Amid Health Issue

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