The holidays don't stop on December 26! In fact that's the first day of Kwanzaa so get your kids involved in the winter holiday that lasts for seven days, until January 1. But first, you may need to explain to the kids what Kwanzaa is all about since it's a fairly new holiday, started by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 for Africans and African-Americans to celebrate family, community, and culture.
If you celebrate Christmas, explain to your kids that Kwanzaa is a sectarian holiday, so there's no conflict of interest. The word Kwanzaa means "first fruits" in Swahili, which is a nod to harvest. And the seven days of Kwanzaa symbolize the seven principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
But what the kids really need to know is you're celebrating your heritage, your family, and your community. Let the crafts begin!