By Ryan Hillstrom—
Tarleton State University is known for its many traditions ranging from homecoming week activities to the Purple Poo. With the weather getting colder and Christmas approaching, Tarleton’s holiday traditions are on display, too.
In between the Trogdon House and the Dick Smith Library is a tree that is annually lit. Both Tarleton Student Government Association and Residence Hall Advisors were in charge of getting Tarleton in the holiday spirit at the tree lighting.
Bryce Blackman, a junior communications major, said, “It’s a Tarleton experience that I love to go to every year.”
At the Honors residence hall front desk, students are able to write down their favorite holiday tradition. One student wrote that their family puts up around 12 Christmas trees each year and wears Christmas socks every day of December.
Another student wrote that watching “Christmas Vacation” on Christmas Eve and “A Christmas Story” on Christmas day with their family is their favorite holiday tradition.
Tarleton’s Greek Life is also involved in Tarleton’s holiday traditions. Every year Alpha Gamma Rho sets up a booth in the student center for students to adopt an angel. This philanthropy event gives the opportunity to students to get gifts for kids who are less fortunate or are not able to receive presents at Christmas. The angels range in age and include boys and girls. Whoever adopts them purchases gifts based on what the angels said they might want or need.
Overall, Adopt an Angel has a positive impact on both the students and the children receiving gifts.
“Adopt an Angel is a great way to change lives of those you never get to meet. It’s like I’m Santa for the angel I get to help,” said junior nursing major Hannah Gudgel.
“I love adopting an angel because you are giving back to children and letting them do what they love. You are giving to those who are in situations where they only have what they need, not what they want,” added senior education major Kyla Ritter.
University-wide, many organizations and work offices also hold holiday parties to celebrate their peers and co-workers on all of the success of the year.
As a rapidly growing university, Tarleton is also creating new traditions every year. For example, the Earl Rudder statue is new to campus and students have begun to put pennies on Earl’s foot for good luck. The new Tarleton Activities board has started a Duck Hunt. The week of Dec. 4, a purple duck was hidden somewhere on campus for students to find. Each day a hint would be given out on Twitter and whoever found the duck got a prize.
University campuses will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 22, for the holiday break. The best holiday tradition may be weeks of rest of relaxation and spending time with loved ones before the new semester starts.