Holidays are really busy for me. On December 25, I celebrate Christmas. From December 26 – January 1, I celebrate Kwanzaa and on January 1, I celebrate New Years.

I like today’s quote – celebrate what you want to see more of. This year, I am going to focus my celebrations on what I want to see more of.

December 24 – Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is a night of anticipation, a night of tradition, a night of family.

This Christmas Eve as with every Christmas Eve, we will celebrate the anticipation of the birth of Christ by reading from the book of Luke in the Bible.

We will celebrate our traditions of watching It’s a Wonderful Life, drinking hot cocoa with marshmallows, cinnamon and vanilla.

We will spend this evening with our son. Although my daughter and grandson will be unable to physically spend this holiday with us, they will be with us in spirit.

 I want to see more love.

December 25 – Christmas

This is the day that we celebrate the birth of Christ. It is a day of peace, love, giving, and joy. It is a day for children and a day for families.

We say a prayer of thanks before opening our Christmas gifts. We remember that this day commemorates the birth of our faith. We include a birthday cake for Jesus as our dessert to help the children in the family understand that this is a birthday celebration.

The gifts that we exchange are reminders of the joy of giving as well as our ability to give. This is a blessing that we should never take for granted.

I want to see more joy.

December 26 – January 1 – Kwanzaa

During this holiday week, our family celebrates our African-American culture and history as well as reflects on seven principles kwaida that we live by. We will celebrate our culture and heritage and teach our children sound principles for successful lives.

We decorate our home in red (struggle) black (people) and green (hope) and dress in traditional clothing. We display very special symbols of our holiday: bandera yy taifa  (red, black and green flag) mkeke, (straw mat), kikombe cha umoja (cup of unity), mazao (corn to symbolize the children), kinara (candle holder.) We exchange zwadi  (inexpensive or hand-made, educational or cultural gifts) each night.

Kwanzaa gives our children a sense of pride in their unique history and gave them principles to live by. I will be posting these principles during the Kwanzaa week.

I want to see more unity and pride.

January 1 – New Years

New Years day is actually the last day of Kwanzaa as well. It is a quiet day of reflection and peace as we prepare for the new year ahead.

I will celebrate the blessings of the previous year and look forward to an even brighter year to come.

I want to see more hope.

What do you celebrate? What do you want to see more of this year?

Please share your holiday traditions as a comment to this post. I’d love to hear them.

Happy Holidays to all.


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2 responses »

  1. Great post! I enjoyed reading about how your family celebrates! We celebrate family, health, and love! I have a BIG want, Saundra–more world peace!!

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