With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Christmas is soon to follow.
There are many ways that Greyhounds spend their holidays.
While many Eastern New Mexico University students celebrate the holidays with the usual traditions of opening presents on Christmas Day, putting up the family tree, family dinners, and wrapping gifts with one another, many of them put their own unique twist on these traditions.
“Whenever Dec. 1 comes, me and my family put up the family tree. Every year, me and my family go on vacation. While there, we try to find a shop that sells ornaments, so when it comes the first of December, our tree is decorated with ornaments from the places that we traveled too. It’s really amazing, because we can think back to all those shared memories we had together,” said Lara Harkness.
“Around the holidays, me and my family try to help out as much as we can. The weather gets cold, and back home, there are people without jackets or living on the streets. We help with coat drives and volunteering our time on Christmas Eve, helping feed those in need. Then, on Christmas, we eat lunch and open presents right after,” said Giovani Borunda.
Some have more intimate celebrations.
“When it comes to how we spend the holidays, we try to gather everyone in our family. We are a fairly big family, about 50 plus. We all try to come down to my grandparent’s house and spend the entire day with each other. We bring presents and food. We play games and sit around telling and listening to stories,” said AJ Aleman.
ENMU will have its own holiday celebration 11a.m-1p.m on Nov. 6 with its Holiday Buffet from in the Campus Union Building Dining Hall and the Holiday Concert 7-9 p.m. in the CUB Ballroom.