updated 11/27/2013 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/27/2013 AT 7:00 AM ET
“It doesn’t make [Thanksgiving] harder at all. It makes it easier on the turkeys, too. They get to live,” DeGeneres, 55, told PEOPLE at the Duracell Power a Smile and Toys for Tots event on Nov. 22.
So what does The Ellen DeGeneres Show host fill her plate with?
“Yams, green beans, stuffing … any kind of vegetables. Stuff like that,” she said.
“I’m a fan of people getting together,” added DeGeneres, who says that the couple will be spending the holiday with friends and plan to be with family for Christmas.
Thanksgiving week is also time for a well-deserved break.
“Usually I have the week off, so [Thanksgiving] is my day just to relax and get ready for our 12 Days of Giveaways because it gets really busy in December.”
The season of giving means a lot to DeGeneres, whose show has raised more than Toys for Tots, which collects new toys to distribute as gifts to needy children.