The Magic of the Holiday Season

November and December have two of my favorite holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas! When I lived in California and the holidays came around, it just didn’t feel the same. I guess because California is so warm. Being a guy from the Midwest, you experience the holiday season in a way that is all encompassing.

First, it gets slightly cooler. Then, the leaves change colors. As it gets colder and the leaves fall off, the holiday decorations start going up. You know that Christmas and Thanksgiving are close! Then, something amazing starts to happen with the people you encounter. Everyone begins to get into the Christmas spirit. People are more open and kinder. A lot of people give so much of themselves to others, and I think that is amazing, I wish it we could strive to practice kindness and generosity all year round. Once snow starts to arrive, everything feels magical. The first snows of the season are just beautiful.

All these factors contribute to that special feeling of the holidays. My favorite part is when my family comes together. We spend time with each other, playing games, eating and gift giving, creating wonderful memories. If you don’t have family or you’re not close with them, remember that friends are the family we choose. So, try to enjoy them as well.

I hope you guys have a great and safe holiday season. Happy holidays!

About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.