Over the course of its seven days of celebration, Kwanzaa endures the change from one calendar year to the next. Commemorating the first fruits of the harvest and pausing to reflect upon heritage, Kwanzaa teaches us about intersection of the past, the present, and the future.
We spend too much time on shopping, entertaining, and shuttling around and too little time with the family. If only there was an alternative? Maybe there is. Try storytelling at home with the kids. It's the perfect activity for the holidays.
The religious critics of Kwanzaa have it backwards. Instead of rejecting Kwanzaa and embracing the religion of consumer capitalism that co-opts the Christmas story, observant Christians should regard it as a new mode of expressing their faith.
When my wife and I attended the Kwanzaa celebration with our son's classmates and their families in 1977, we were the only lesbian couple in the room. Yet we were welcomed into that room. This was a life-changing event for me.
Folks, there's no "War on Christmas." Just ask those of us who don't celebrate the holiday. It isn't easy for those of us who never get caroled and who don't decorate trees with ornaments we collect over the years.
The New Year is marked with many kinds of celebrations, but for Black families and communities who celebrate Kwanzaa from December 26-January 1, every New Year's Day marks a renewed dedication to community.