Behind Home Plate: What the Holidays Mean to Me

December 24, 2016

Junior catcher Morgan Gross will be writing a year-long blog, letting readers in on the behind-the-scenes action of USF Softball. From fall practices, to preparing for spring, to hosting power schools like Michigan and Florida, Morgan will give an inside look on the team and season. Morgan is a mass communications major and is currently interning in the athletic video department. Here’s her views from behind home plate:

From the words of one of my favorite Christmas movies, Elf,  “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” For my final blog of 2016, the team and I want to share with you how special the holidays are to all of us.

Christmas break for the team typically means going home, spending time with family, taking a break from school and preparing for the upcoming season. So, once finals week is over, the holiday season begins and we all head home to our families!

I went home to Reno, Nev., for break to spend time with my family. My days at home consist of waking up, dragging my sister out of bed to workout with me and then coming home to be harassed by my younger brother til my mom gives us something better to do. Being so far away most of the year means that I don’t get to see my siblings except during December and the summer months, which makes Christmas even more special to me.

Growing up, Christmas meant traveling to see family, making baked goodies, playing games with family and watching the Christmas Story marathon while opening presents. It is the only time of the year that all sides of the family come together and enjoy each other’s company. Now that I am in college, the holidays mean coming home and laughing with loved ones. It is a time for me to catch up with everyone, forget about school for a while, and appreciate the ones who do so much for me all year round. Gifts are no longer toys and ‘the more the merrier’ no longer applies. My mom always asks what I want for Christmas and I always reply, ‘you!’

That’s enough about me & my holiday activities. I reached out to my teammates who are spread out all over the country to see what they love most about the holidays and what Christmas means to them.

“Christmas has always been my favorite holiday because it’s a special time to make memories with your friends and family. It’s a time to show appreciation and love to the people who matter most to you. The holidays really show how blessed you are because you are surrounded by the people that love and care for you.”- Lauren Evans

“The holidays mean getting together with family and enjoying the many traditions we have during Christmas,”- Mia Fung.

“The holidays for me are my escape, as well as my unwinding time. My days are filled with nothing but the ones I love, lots of smiles, laughter and all the hugs I can steal. I cherish the ability to just be present, catch up and enjoy good company instead of having to worry about the stressors that come with school.”-Astin Donovan

“I get to go home and spend time with family and friends that I don’t get to see very often. It also means that season is right around the corner, and it’s time to get ready!”-Amber Atkinson

“The holidays are a time to slow down and appreciate the things that you have. Not material gifts but the gift of each other...and eating lots of cookies..”- Sam Blashinsky (Our team loves to eat cookies even without the excuse of the holiday season!)

“Though the holidays are definitely about being with family and friends, I think they are also about appreciating everything you have in this life and appreciating what you have ahead of you.”- Cassidy Boyle

“The holidays mean being incredibly thankful for the friends, family, and the life you have! It’s all about being happy!”- Meredith Bissette

From the USF Softball family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

See you all at the field in February!




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