Friday, Dec. 26, 2008

Merry Christmas Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa and other December holidays, including Christmas, are not mutually exclusive. Kwanzaa's official edicts say it was specifically created as a cultural and not a religious observation, although the holiday's official Website states that "one can accept and revere the religious message and meaning [of Christmas] but reject its European cultural accretions of Santa Claus, reindeer, mistletoe, frantic shopping, alienated gift-giving, etc." Most early practitioners of Kwanzaa did not celebrate Christmas, but the division between the two holidays has faded in recent decades.