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Happy Kwanzaa!

Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday that recognizes and celebrates African-American culture.

The holiday begins Dec. 26, and its final day is Jan. 1.

The seven principles of Kwanzaa — or Nguzo Saba — were actually created before the holiday began in 1966.

Those principles are:

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

‘A holiday party’ playlist

When I want to rock around the Christmas tree, these are songs I pick!

  • “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
  • “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
  • “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson
  • “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi
  • “Christmas Canon” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano
  • “Last Christmas: by Wham
  • “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Dean Martin
  • “Mele Kalikimaka” by Jimmy Buffet
  • “Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes
  • “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” by Nsync
  • “Christmas Tree Farm” by Taylor Swift
  • “You’re a Mean One Mister Grinch” by Thurl Ravenscroft
  • “Oh Santa” by Mariah Carey
  • “Step Into Christmas” by Elton John
  • “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams
  • “Mary’s Boy Child” by B.E. Taylor
  • “Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry
  • “The Chipmunk Song” by The Chipmunks
  • “Santa’s Coming For Us” by Sia
  • “Carol Of The Bells” by John Tesh
  • “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” by The Beach Boys
  • “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” by Johnny Mathis
  • “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band-Aid
  • “Snoopy’s Christmas” by Royal Guardsman
  • “We Need a Little Christmas” by Percy Faith and His Orchestra
  • “Here Comes Santa Claus” by Gene Autry
  • “That’s Christmas To Me” by Pentatonix
  • “Sleigh Ride” The Carpenters
  • “Hallelujah” by Pentatonix
  • “Deck The Halls” by Mannheim Steamroller
  • “Frosty the Snowman” by Jimmy Durante
  • ‘”Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney
  • “Carol of the Bells” by David Foster
  • “Little Saint Nick” by The Beach Boys
  • “Frosty the Snowman” by The Ronettes
  • “Sleigh Ride” by Boston Pops
  • “This Christmas” by Train
  • “Carol of the Bells” by The Carpenters
  • “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Mannheim Steamroller