We could all use more Christmas

27 11 2007

Because I love Holidays, I think I want celebrate more of them. Therefore, I’m deciding if I should celebrate these ones:
Kwanzaa (26th December – 1st January)
Festivus (23rd December)
Boxing Day (26th December)

wikipedia: Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle-lighting and pouring of libations, and culminating in a feast and gift-giving

Here are the principles of Kwanzaa as provided by wikipedia:
Umoja (Unity) To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves 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 heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

wikipedia: It includes novel practices such as the “Airing of Grievances”, in which each person tells everyone else all the ways they’ve disappointed him/her over the past year, and after a Festivus dinner, the “Feats of Strength” are performed, involving wrestling the head of the household to the floor, thereby pinning him or her.

Boxing Day
wikipedia: Because the staff had to work on such an important day as Christmas by serving the master of the house and their family, they were given the following day off. As servants were kept away from their own families to work on a traditional religious holiday and were not able to celebrate Christmas Dinner, the customary benefit was to “box” up the leftover food from Christmas Day and send it away with the servants and their families. (Similarly, as the servants had the 26th off, the owners of the manor may have had to serve themselves pre-prepared, boxed food for that one day.) Hence the “boxing” of food became “Boxing Day”.

So I think I can adopt Boxing Day no problem. On this day I will eat leftovers and relax. Maybe we can be lazy as a family?

Festivus that will be hard to adopt for me personally because of the airing of grievances. Unless we take a light-harded stance on it. I know one person will get tons of shit for it, because she/he sucks…

And Kwanzaa, although I’m not african-american, I can appreciate culture as a whole. so each day we should celebrate a different culture (OR CONTINENT). Like we celebrated Chinese Culture (especially food) on Chopsgiving, we should celebrate every major culture. Holla!

Live Long and Prosper. Spock Day? YES.




One response

28 11 2007

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