KWANZAA, The icing on the cake of Christmas

I love the Christmas holidays. Especially when the gift giving is over and my family observes the celebration of KWANZAA, an African-American tradition of observing seven wonderful principles from December 26-January 1. Here, at our house in France, we have the Christmas tree and lights that remain well into the New Year. But from the 26th of December until January 1st, Kwanzaa is the focal point. The seven Kwanzaa candles, (three green, three red, and one black), perch on a candelabra. The candelabra rests on a straw mat next to a bowl of fruit(symbolic of future generations) …Additionally, we place a beautiful piece of African cloth near an African drum. In the midst of this beautiful arrangement is a bowl of water(new birth symbolism). Each day a candle is lit, and a Kwanzaa principle is acknowledged….unity, faith, hope, family, community development, economic independence, and purpose. Gift giving, family time, celebration and contemplation/acknowledgement of principles for the future.Two traditions in one. During my formative years, my wonderful aunt encouraged my appreciation of this important holiday. I proudly watch as our daughter passes it on.

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