I can remember so vividly as a little girl trying to be “extra” good during the holiday season in the
hopes of making up for any naughtiness over the previous 11 months. I can also remember my parents
lamenting that it sure was a shame my brother and I couldn’t figure out how to do our chores, eat our
vegetables, and not fight for the rest of the year!
It seems that there’s a lot of “extra” good behavior in December, when many children are aware of
Santa’s watchful eyes, and we love to see that here at school. But the great coach John Wooden once
said that the true test of our character is what we do when no one is watching. No matter which
December holidays we celebrate, we share common themes of peace, kindness, generosity, and
selflessness. All those themes tie right in with the 3 R’s we are teaching throughout the year here at
ATL, the foundations of good character. This is the perfect time of year to show children how the
values that their family cherishes can be lived all year long—at home, at school, and out in the world.
Let’s take the time to remind our children, and show them by our example, what it means to be
people of character...to go that “extra” step or be “extra” nice just because we can, even when no
one is watching. Think of the possibilities if the beautiful and positive themes of the December
holidays could spill over into the rest of our year!
I wish you and all your loved ones a wonderful holiday season, and much happiness in the coming
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