Kwanzaa is a celebration created by Maulana Karenga to honor African-American culture and heritage. It is not religious but begins on December 26th and some confuse it with an alternative religious celebration to Christmas. Not true. Kwanzaa is about family. It’s a time to get together and have a good time. One of the seven principles are read every night and a candle is lit on the kinara which is a candle holder. The last night results in a feast shared by friends and family.
First Night – Umoja (Unity) – promotes the maintenance of family community, nation and race
It’s Christmas today to all who celebrate it. A quiet day at my house. Started out the day in church which was good for me. Waiting for the grands to come this evening so that we can watch them open gifts. We (Mother & Husband) don’t exchange. The gift thing is for the kids. The sentiment is for everyone. The reason for the season isn’t about spending money that you don’t have or could use in a better way.
A man dressed in a Santa suit is giving out envelopes with a $100.00 bill in it. Inside the envelope is a note that says pay it forward. Someone else is paying off toy lay aways at KMart for families, no questions asked.
That’s the spirit. So Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and to all a good night.