Former NFL star Michael Strahan can hardly contain his Christmas excitement. On Monday, the TV-personality took to Twitter to share his giddiness about the approaching holiday.
“We are ready for #Christmas in the Strahan home! The holiday season is upon us and Happy Holidays to you!!”
In the tweet, he included a photo of his family’s well-decorated Christmas tree. Full of warm, bright lights and ruby red ornaments– it looks like this might be Strahan’s favorite time of year in addition to football season.
Christmas Looks Different For Michael Strahan After Loss of Father
However, things will be quite different as the Strahan family heads into the holiday season. In late Oct, Strahan’s father, Gene Willie Strahan Sr., passed away at 83.
After his father’s death, Strahan opened up about the emotional toll it took on himself and his family.
“It’s been a little over a week since I lost my hero and it’s still hard to believe my dad is no longer with us physically,” Strahan said. “But I know his spirit lives on thru me and the rest of the family.”
Strahan continued, saying, “The biggest goal in everything I’ve ever done was to make him proud,” he said.” Knowing that I did that gives me peace but also pushes me to continue because I know he’s watching from above.”
In addition, Michael Strahan’s children were also devastated when they lost their grandfather. Strahan has four children: Tanita (28), Sophia (16), Isabella (16), and Michael Jr. (25).
The former defensive end credited his father for fueling Strahan’s professional success.
“Without him I’m not sure where I’d be but I know I wouldn’t have anything close to the life I have now. Love you Dad and I’m honored to be your son!!”
Strahan concluded his statement by reminding his fans about what matters most in life.
“Take time to hug your parents, spouse, and kids. Let them know how you feel and don’t take it for granted that they automatically know that you love them.”