Lens Of The People By Treyvon Waddy: Holiday Traditions

Good Afternoon, readers! Lens of The People is a column dedicated to the capture of the real-life scenarios and events of the local Houston area whilst also giving the thoughts and opinions of the Houston community itself its own voice to speak through.

Last week I asked the Houston community about how they feel the holidays can be changed to better fit the current times. This week, with the holidays right around the corner and Thanksgiving already behind us, my focus was drawn to how our Houston men and women spend their holidays, and what they feel the holidays are truly about to them, as every individual is sure to have their own meanings and ways of celebration, whether that be shopping, celebrating traditions, or even just taking a break. Here’s what the community said they were doing:

The holidays for me means doing what’s quintessential to me concerning cold weather and the holidays. That means good food, and LOTS of it. Spending money, LOTS of it. Snuggling up to someone. Or just with a good book and a warm drink.” – De’Rione Smith


My plans for the upcoming holidays include spending time with family that I haven’t seen in years, travelling around close by with them and enjoying each other’s company while it lasts. Gifts are always a major plus!  Holidays to me, now, is really all about enjoying each other’s company when given the chance to. Since here in the states I usually just spend my holiday with my parents, it gets kind of lonely at times, but we still try to make the best of it anyways.” –Lidia Melendez


My plans for the holidays are to just hang out with my family. And for me, holidays always mean Christmas, and Christmas represents the birth of Christ himself. So all around I think that it’s a good time to celebrate both that and your family.” –Waylon Lee


The holidays to me mean time to spend with family that I haven’t seen in a long time and friends that are virtually family. And it’s also a break from all the work I’ve been doing from my actual professional job to all the work I put in at college. For Thanksgiving I sat around with my family, ate and rode around with them, but for Christmas I plan on partying a LOT.” –Mateo Mckinney


Holidays mean love to me. I like being with my family for the holidays because I’m a very family-oriented person. I like to make them smile, laugh and be happy. I love my family to death, so when everybody comes together and everybody’s in a good mood with no arguing, it’s just pure enjoyment. I was born in Houston so I don’t ever feel like I have to go anywhere for the holidays, so I just go to my mom’s for the holidays  and she cooks which is what I did for Thanksgiving as well.” –Elyse Hill

Photographer’s Thoughts

The holidays in my eyes have always been for me not only a time for friends and family, but a time to really reach out and bond with people in your community. Especially during Christmas when everyone is in the spirit of giving, the time to really reach out and give a helping hand or to just be more friendly than you’d normally be, the time is never more opportune. The holidays are for coming together, and for me this feeling is not mutually exclusive to family. My holidays tend to consist of family affairs. Casually relaxing with the people I love and giving to those people as well. I always try to make an effort to buy a gift for some of my closest friends to show my appreciation, and do some kind of community service when I have spare time.

This was Lens of The People, a column dedicated to giving the Houston community a voice and a platform. Stay on the lookout for more, all made possible by The Forward Times!