It is the holiday season, and it really is the best time of year! It’s cold
outside: you finally get to pull out those winter coats, hats, and, my favorite,
scarves! The holidays are a time for family,
love, giving, and family traditions.
Your cheer team is your family, and those holiday traditions may be getting old
and out-of-date, or perhaps you are part of a new squad, and want to come up
with some new ideas that can bring the team together!
Many teams have ‘buddies’, where a senior cheerleader is buddied up with a freshman,
and they give each other gifts throughout the year for special events or home
games, and sometimes they are secret buddies! If it’s a secret, the
holidays would be a great time to reveal who your buddy is. You can create
care baskets for your buddy
with all the things they like in it: you can make a
scarf, Santa hats, make your own holiday cheer bow, or make a gingerbread person
that looks like your buddy! You can expand upon the gingerbread idea by
having everyone on your team decorate gingerbread people together, and then
have everyone guess who their gingerbread person is supposed to be. It can
get really silly, and a lot of fun to guess!The holidays are also a time to give back,
and maybe your team is more into
giving than receiving. Your team can do free gift-wrapping, make lunches
and take them out to feed the homeless, or other community outreach activities!
One year with my own sports team, we adopted families. Adopting a family
is a lot of fun! You fundraise money to buy gifts and goods for a family, and then
on Christmas Eve, you bring the family a holiday dinner and present. It is
very rewarding, and very rewarding to see a family who really needs help to
have a good holiday. I still remember the family I adopted in high school: the
mother was crying, and her daughter was so excited to have a bike for
Christmas! It still, to this day, brings tears to my eyes thinking about it.
Your cheerleading season isn’t even close to being over, so maybe you want to
incorporate some team building
with some holiday fun. One fun thing to do is a
holiday scavenger hunt. There are plenty of pre-made lists you can find
online, or you can make your own. Once the hunt lists are made, split up
into two teams, and then run around town with a camera to find everything! The
first team to find all the items on the list wins. The winning team could
win a holiday spirit stick, or some gift cards. It is really fun, and a
I love giving back over the holidays, and my high school cheerleading team coordinated
an event for a home for the elderly once. They set up flyers around the
school to get volunteers to take part in the event. Some people sang
holiday songs, the cheerleaders did several songs and performed some holiday
cheers, and they also provided cookies and other baked goods! It was a really
successful event, and was a lot of fun to be a part of.The holidays are the best time of year.
Remember to talk to your team, see what
they are interested in doing, and don’t limit yourself to just one thing! You
can give back, and also do something just for the team. Whatever you do,
remember to have fun–that is what the holidays are all about!
What are some holiday activities that
have turned into traditions on your team? Share your stories in the comments!