EDITORIAL: Stampede staff wishes Rustler Nation happy, safe 2013 holiday season

Kids bundle up in all of their warmest clothes and cram onto sleds, racing down snow-covered hills. Crystals of golden light shine around assorted ornaments that hang from a fine-smelling pine tree. The nation counts down from 60 seconds together, as a larger-than-life ball drops from the New York City sky, signaling the start of a new year.

These are just a few memories people everywhere associate with their winter holidays.

The holiday times are some of the most eventful and fun days of the year. We at the Stampede would like to wish students, staff, and their families happy holidays, as well as a happy New Year. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or another holiday, have a fantastic time celebrating with your family. The Stampede wishes that all members of Rustler Nation have a fun-filled and memorable holiday break. And of course, enjoy your two weeks away from school.

That being said, we would like to urge students to be safe during this year’s extended winter break. Winter driving conditions could be dangerous. So, please, put a little less pressure on the gas pedal and be sure to pay close attention to the road to keep from having unneccesary car accidents that could have undesirable consequences.

Likewise, New Year’s Eve is one of the worst times for car accidents, many of which are alcohol-related. However, these incidents are very much avoidable. The Stampede staff wants C. M. Russell High School students to enjoy the festivities of Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, but make smart decisions when it comes to drinking and driving. Students can enjoy their New Year’s Eve celebrations and ring in the new year without making poor decisions and silly mistakes.

Have a terrific holiday break, but please be careful not to do anything you might regret. The holiday times are meant to provide a time to enjoy family and friends, not a time to provide  excuses to make irresponsible decisions. The Stampede wants to see every student arrive back to school after the break on Dec. 6 safe and sound. We look forward to seeing all of you back and better than ever in 2014.