family, holiday, Kwanzaa, Seasons

2018 Kwanzaa Gift Ideas

Kwanzaa Kinara

Kwanzaa is a unique holiday. It is a celebration of family, heritage, and community.  It’s a tapestry of the past, present, and future that looks toward the next day while honoring the last day.

Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor at California State University in Long Beach created the holiday. Kwanzaa is not one holiday, it is a seven-day celebration pulled together from traditions of many different African countries. The days or “Seven Principles” are Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).

The best gifts to give family and friends are homemade. Here are two.

  • Homemade Candles

  1. Get your supplies: You’ll need one sheet of black beeswax, three sheets of red beeswax, three sheets of green beeswax (all about 8 x 16”), and a roll of #2 square braid wick.
  2. Starting with the black wax sheet, cut a wick that’s about 8 ¾” long. Line the wick up along the edge of the 8” side of the wax, then fold the wax tightly over the wick, pressing firmly to hold in place.
  3. Gently continue rolling, keeping the ends of the wax sheet straight as you go, until the entire wax sheet is rolled up with the wick in the center. Gently press the end of the sheet against the rest of the candle to seal.
  4. Repeat with the remaining wax sheets.
Source: Elfster
  • Kwanzaa Scrapbook

  1. A scrapbook or album filled with photos of family and friends of past Kwanzaa celebrations, song lyrics of favorites songs for the holiday, recipes, and bits of kente cloth.
Christmas, family, holiday, Seasons

My 2018 Top 10 Christmas Playlist

Christmas music Note-1885680_1920-pixabay.comThe day after Thanksgiving, I start singing Christmas songs. Sometimes my family sings with me and sometimes they leave the room screaming.

Music plays in the background while I decorate my house for the holidays. To further the festive mood, I also decorate my planner for the month of December and January during this time. Anyway, here’s the list of songs I play and sing to spread holiday cheer and bring in the new year.

  1.  The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
  2.  It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams 
  3. Let It Snow by Dean Martin 
  4. Let It Snow by Boyz II Men
  5. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Luther Vandross 
  6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by The Jackson 5
  7. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by Michael Buble
  8. Gee Whiz It’s Christmas by Carla Thomas
  9. Merry Christmas Baby by Charles Brown
  10. Silent Night by The Temptations

There you have it, My 2018 Top 10 Christmas Playlist. I hope you enjoy this music. Have a Merry Christmas and a Joyous Holiday Season.

Source: Photo from Song links from YouTube



Christmas, holiday, Seasons

Merry Christmas

2017 WordPress Blog Merry Christmas

Wishing you lots of love, joy, and happiness. Merry Christmas to you and your family.