Sunday, December 25, 2011
Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year
I love everything about the holidays. When I was a child we started preparing for Christmas shortly after Thanksgiving. We put the decorations up 2 weeks before Christmas and took the tree down before 12am New Years eve. Mom and dad are
gone now and I have started a tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa the African American holiday celebrated from December
26 through January 1. Kwanzaa is a Swahilli term that signifies " first fruits of the harvest".
For the past several years I have joined a kwanzaa swap by sending fabric postcards and exchanging kwanzaa blocks.
Here is the fabric postcard I made for the exchange. A ear of corn is stenciled on felt. The corn (muhndi) is placed on the mkeka (woven straw mat) to symbolize celebration of children, community, and family.
Kwanzaa Fabric Post Card