Stause, 39, fired back at fans’ condeming comments left on a group of posts she shared, saying she and her family were tested before and after the event.
“To those bringing up Covid concerns, I understand and agree this was not a good use of my platform. I normally always try to be socially responsible with my posts because I am naturally a compassionate person. I can see how this does not show that to some,” she wrote on Instagram.
Stause’s boyfriend Keo Motsepe was also in the pics. She had warned that followers may not agree with the group gathering, but she hopes they can “see where I am coming from.”
“This is the first Christmas without our mom we felt important to be there for each other in a tough year,” she wrote.
Stause’s mother died of cancer over the summer. Her father died in 2019.
As for Motsepe, she said, “Keo brought such welcomed happiness and selfishly I posted in a very happy moment.”
Stause — who split from “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley last year — confirmed her romance with Motsepe, a “Dancing with the Stars” pro, earlier this month. She and Hartley were married for two years.