The holiday season is upon us, which means time for a break from work, getting together with loved ones, and eating all the food you can without any guilt. Some of the staff at Anthem have decided to share their favorite aspects of this time of year. For most of us, it’s the small family traditions that count.
Shelby, an Events & Marketing Intern, is excited to spend time with family after a semester away at school, “Thanksgiving specifically is my favorite because my parents, my sister, and I travel up to Vermont and rent a cabin for a week and visit with my dad’s side of the family.” Her family also throws a holiday party after attending the Christmas Eve service at their church.
Brittany, Anthem’s Director of Partnerships, lists a few family traditions that have been around before she was born. “We go to the Fort Worth parade of lights. We have all of our ornaments saved from our childhood so our Christmas tree is a big memory tree. My mom makes sugar cookies using my great grandmother’s recipe and we eat them for breakfast on Christmas morning.”
Manager of the Charles River Bistro, Amanda enjoys spending time with friends and family the most, “going to see tree lightings/holiday festivals and definitely all the homemade food I can enjoy!”
For Ashley, Anthem’s Managing Partner, the number of different family get-togethers, dinners and parties is what she looks forward to most. “I just love all the time spent with family and friends. When I was younger, my family and I would take hot chocolate in the car and drive around to see all the different houses lit up for the holidays. These are some of my favorite memories. It also wouldn’t be the holidays without all the yummy food! I love to cook and bake and it’s a chance for me to whip up some recipes that I usually only make this time of year.”
Anthem President, Chris Sinclair’s favorite part of the holidays is two-fold. “I love the gatherings and the people aspect. It is always great to see family, friends, colleagues and to meet new folks too. The other part is the symbolic nature of changing the calendar year. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions but, like most people, can feel refreshed by that feeling of starting something new.” He also loves lights and exclaims that we need trees lit 12 months a year.
The holiday season, as Ashley puts it, “is a great time to indulge, laugh and be with the ones you love!”
We at Anthem hope that you are enjoying the season as much as we are – Happy Holidays!