Tori Spelling's plans for a white Christmas were ruined by the rain.

The former 'Beverly Hills 90210' actress - who lives in Los Angeles with her husband Dean McDermott and their four children Liam, five, Stella, four,12-month-old Hattie and two month old Finn - loves to make an effort at Christmas but admitted it doesn't always go exactly to plan.

She told Us Weekly: ''One year, I bought snow for a winter wonderland party. But in the morning, it rained - totally poured. All the ice melted, so we had mud instead. It was awful.''

Tori and Dean will be looking forward to a Christmas at home with their kids after a difficult year in which she was diagnosed with placenta previa, a condition which causes internal bleeding, during her fourth pregnancy.

After having to endure months of bed rest along with fears she could lose the baby, Tori insisted having Dean take care of her and their kids showed her what a great man he is.

She said: ''It just reconfirmed that Dean is my soul mate he's the glue in this family. We are all such a bonded group now. It changed us all, it really did.''