Virginia Voices

By, Unite Virginia's Collegiate Fellows


What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?


Yasir Afzal

The holidays are the one time of the year where people from all different backgrounds come together and share experiences. Whether you hate the holiday season or look forward to it all year, the time from October to New Year’s Day is filled with so much magic. This is the season where old traditions can be honored and new ones created as you solidify your bonds with friends, family and loved ones.


Charlie Williamson

My favorite thing about the holiday season is probably getting to spend time with my family. We are all so busy and live so far apart that we only get to see each other once or twice a year, so we make it a point to all be together for Christmas. My family has a bunch of strange holiday traditions. Although I think they’re super corny, for some reason I always find myself looking forward to them every year.


Arielle Branson

My favorite thing about the holiday season is having a break from classes and a chance to relax. With my busy college schedule, it is a rarity to get time to myself, so time off around the holidays is a blessing. It is also wonderful to be able to spend time with my friends and family while enjoying good food. I love to cook, so the holidays also give me the time to pursue that passion.


Christian Meade

My favorite things about the holiday season is having my family come together. I don’t get to see everyone much during the year, so I really enjoy the time that I get to spend with them during the holidays. And, of course, I love all of the delicious food that the season brings! 


Maxwell Manchester

I simply love the holiday season! I enjoy seeing beautiful lights and decorations, hearing my favorite holiday tunes and seeing family members I love like crazy. I also have a sweet tooth for a whole bunch of holiday treats, especially the ginger snap and oatmeal butterscotch cookies my mom makes every year. I also have a weak spot for pumpkin pie—so whether it’s dinner at Thanksgiving or Christmas, I make sure I eat all the pie I can!


 Kevin Costanzo

My favorite thing about the holiday season is good beer. It's not just the beer though—it’s realizing that with my first sip, I know that for at least the next 24 hours I'll be surrounded by friends and family. It doesn't necessarily matter what type of beer it is, though I would prefer it be of the craft variety. Regardless, sipping beer during the holiday season signals that I can take a break from everything else going on in my life and spend time with friends and family. Cheers!



Justin Ayars