Christmas is officially right around the corner and I don’t know about you, but I’m more than excited! I hope that you’re looking forward to a Christmas like mine, because I know that pecan pie, honey baked ham, and the Charlie Brown Christmas special are all waiting on me this coming week. More on Christmas coming up!
But before that, I want to thank everyone who came out and showed their support at the Liberty County-Altha Basketball game. The turnout was really great and it meant a lot to see so many basketball fans watching their home teams compete. For those of you that missed out on the event we set up our Green Dot action event at this week’s last ball game. We had Green Dot goodies, as well as some Green Dot messaging to share with you. This year we were not only able to have t-shirts on hand, but we were able to print warm up shirts for both the teams participating in Tuesday night’s game. Most of the students seemed pretty excited to be receiving something personally made for them. I hope the shirts not only served as cool garb to wear before the game, but also as reminders to be the kind of bystander that they want to be. I’d also like to give an extra special thanks to everyone who stopped by our table during Tuesday night’s ball games. We had a short activity set up where people could choose a proactive Green Dot statement that they could live by and add it to others to form a paper chain of proactive Green Dot statements. All in all it was a great night and I’m happy to have shared it with all of you.
One word that seems to come up a lot during the holiday season is Tradition. Whether it’s a tradition to sing Christmas Carols around your neighborhood, or to get together and bake treats, or to watch Christmas specials and hangout, I think every family has one or two of them at least. The traditions at my family gatherings seem to be good eating and long arguments about nonsensical things, but no matter what I love being home for the holidays. Whatever your family traditions I hope that you enjoy them and one day cherish them, because personally I think they say a lot about our values and who we are as individuals.
Tying in Green Dot, I think the best way we can combat violence in our culture is to add a few new traditions. Making it a habit to check in on our friends and family is a great way to be proactive and to keep the people you love safe. The best part, is that it ties right into the holiday season. Most likely you’ll already be talking to your loved ones over the break; it might be a great opportunity to ask the right questions and learn about what’s going on in their lives! Another tradition we could get in the habit of doing is letting people know that we’re there for them if the need ever arises. Sometimes just telling someone you know ahead of time that you’ll be there in a time of need can really comfort people. By being prepared to help those around you and knowing how you would respond to any given situation is being proactive, and a lot of the time you’re already doing most of the work!
I hope that everyone has a safe Christmas break this year, but assuming something goes wrong don’t forget your 3 D’s! The 3 D’s are a great way to think about getting involved if push comes to shove. Whether it’s by directly getting involved in stopping violence, delegating to a responsible person, or distracting to diffuse an uncomfortable situation, know that you can make a difference!
Sincerely I hope you have a great holiday season and it’s everything you’ve been looking forward to! Until next time, Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!