This year we managed to really focus on the history, meaning and prinicples of Kwanzaa. Usually I am just wiped out and exhausted by December 26th and can't seem to get it together, but it was easier this year because Christmas was very low key...we've been dwindling the gift giving down for years and this year it was way down because we focused on travel and lessons (soccer, voice & Spanish).
This year we actually lit some of the candles and discussed the principles and our ancestors on two different nights.
here are the details of my Kwanzaa plan...not all of them came to fruition, but that's okay because we live out Kwanzaa everyday.
Day 1: UMOJA (black) – unity, people who work, live and build a future together create a community
I teach my children that their education is the responsibility of the family unit. When one succeeds we all celebrate in that success because we work together on homework.
Day 2: KUJICHAGULIA (red) - who we are and who we will be. We must act and speak for ourselves…we are no one’s slave.
Review the Starbucks incident in Uniontown when the girls were disrespected by man & his wife.
Activity: African Dance, listen to Gullah music
Day 3: UJIMA (green) – for the future, working together…African Americans should work on their problems together.
Example is mommy’s involvement in the Gymnastics Booster Club.
Activity: Play Mancala – African games
Day 4: UJAMAA (red) – buying from each other. Sharing the wealth of all black people.
I buy the bulk of my monthly scrapbook supplies from AA owner, and our dog groomer is African American.
Activity: Make something with Fabric
Day 5: NIA (green) – Purpose – remember your past and your purpose to make our people great.
Discuss God’s purpose in our lives…a biblical purpose rather than a self-serving purpose.
Activity: Create a scrapbook/look at photo albums
Day 6: KUUMBA (red) – Creativity, thinking of new ways to do things.
Baking the macaroni & cheese on the grill this past Thanksgiving.
FEAST on the sixth day – KARAMU – arrange food on MKEKA in the middle of the Floor
Day 7: IMANI (green) – Faith, believing in all African people.
Our Chirstian faith, faith in God and Jesus Christ.