December 26th Special Days - Featuring 27+ Kwanzaa Freebies!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, December 26, 2019 | 2 comments
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Image: The family celeberates Kwanzaa | From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

December 26th is... Kwanzaa begins (African-American), Second Christmas Day, National Thank-you Note Day, National Whiner's Day, National Candy Cane Day, Awful Tie Day, National Coffee Percolator Day, Kitty Dukakis Day, Day of Goodwill (South Africa), Day of the Wren (Ireland), Junkanoo (Bahamas), Boxing Day (Canada/UK/Australia/New Zealand), Mummer's Day (UK), Proclamation Day (Australia), Saint Stephen's Day

PLUS - interesting books to read and free printables, papercrafts, kid crafts, activities, and coloring pages.

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Image: Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Kwanzaa, by Carolyn B. Otto (Author). Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; Reprint edition (September 5, 2017)Kwanzaa begins
-- Kwanzaa is a pan-African holiday celebrating family, community, and culture - created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 - and celebrated from December 26th to January 1st. Gifts are given mainly to children, but must always include a book and a heritage symbol. The book is to emphasize the African value and tradition of learning stressed since ancient Egypt, and the heritage symbol to reaffirm and reinforce the African commitment to tradition and history.

Read: Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Kwanzaa
-- Over the course of seven days, African Americans, families, and friends, come together to light the candles symbolizing their past and future — and their unity. They gather as a community to make music and to dance; to feast on harvest foods and the good things of the earth; and to exchange simple, often homemade, gifts. Readers are introduced to the symbols of the holiday, such as the Mkeka (a special placemat), Kinara (candleholder), and Kikombe Cha Umoja (unity cup). Important concepts, like the seven principles, are explained. In addition, a note from the book's consultant, aimed at parents and teachers, puts the holiday in its full cultural and historical perspective.

Image: African Heritage Collection Kwanzaa Unity Candleholder and Celebration Set (Black) - Handmade in GhanaKwanzaa Pyramid Candleholder and Celebration Set -- All the key ingredients to celebrate Kwanzaa in style. Set includes Kinara, cup, seven candles, mat and information sheet. The interlocking symbol signifies friendship and togetherness. Handmade in Ghana.

Keep Calm, It's My First Kwanzaa Baby Bodysuit -- 100% Combed Ringspun Cotton in a 1x1 Baby Bib. Double-needle rib binding on neck, shoulders, sleeves and leg openings. The reinforced three-snap closure makes easy diaper changes. Sizes: Newborn (up to 7 lbs), six months (7-17 lbs), 12 months (17-25 lbs), and 18 months (5-30 lbs).

Kwanzaa Coloring and Activity Books

Image: Kevin's Kwanzaa (Cloverleaf Books ™ — Fall and Winter Holidays), by Lisa Bullard (Author), Constanza Basaluzzo (Illustrator). Publisher: Millbrook Press TM (August 1, 2013)
Kevin's Kwanzaa
Amazon Freebies:

🌽 Read Kwanzaa ebooks for free with a Free Trial of Kindle Unlimited

🌽 Free Kwanzaa apps

🌽 Free Kwanzaa games

🌽 Listen to Kwanzaa LPs with a Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited

🌽 Watch Kwanzaa Videos for Free with a Free Trial of Amazon Prime

🌽 Listen to Kwanzaa Audible books with Amazon Audible, and Get Two Free Audiobooks

🌽 Free Alexa Skills | Kwanzaa

Free Printables, Coloring Pages, Activities, and Crafts:

🌽 The Official Kwanzaa Website

🌽 Kwanzaa Printable Worksheets

🌽 Kwanzaa Theme Unit - Word Searches, Crosswords, and Reading COmprehension

🌽 Kwanzaa Worksheets - MI Kids

🌽 Kwanzaa Crafts for Kids: Ideas for Arts and Crafts Activities

🌽 Kwanzaa Mkeka Mat Craft

🌽 3 Crafty Kwanzaa Activities for Kids

🌽 Kwanzaa Crafts - FreeKidsCrafts

🌽 Kwanzaa Archives | Fun Family Crafts

🌽 Kwanzaa Planner Printable

🌽 Kwanzaa Coloring Pages

🌽 Kwanzaa Worksheets and Printables

🌽 Kwanzaa | Free Coloring Pages |

🌽 Free Kwanzaa cards - printable or ecard

🌽 Kwanzaa Theme Printables

🌽 My Kwanzaa Book -

🌽 Free Printable Kwanzaa Activity Book - Printable Learning - Carrot Ink

🌽 290+ Customizable Design Templates for Kwanzaa

🌽 Free Kids Kwanzaa Games, Colouring, clip art and more

🌽 Free Kwanzaa posters, picture frames, and coloring sheets

Boxing Day
- Boxing Day is celebrated in Great Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and other former British Commonwealth countries. It is a traditional celebration dating back to the Middle Ages, of which the primary practice is the giving of gifts to employees or to people in a lower social class. On 26th December, after all the Christmas parties, the lord of the manor would give practical goods such as cloth, grains, and tools to the serfs who lived on his land. Each family would receive a box full of such goods, hence Boxing Day. According to this tradition, the lord of the manor did not volunteer but was obliged to supply these gifts.

National Thank-you Note Day
- The presents have been unwrapped and put away. It is official: the holidays are winding down. Now it is time to write those thank-you notes. National Thank You Note Day recognizes the importance of showing gratitude toward loved ones.

National Whiner's Day
- A day dedicated to whiners, especially those who return Christmas gifts and need lots of attention. People are encouraged to be happy about what they do have, rather than unhappy about what they don't have.

Awful Tie Day
- Today is the date to wear the ties your children give you before they suffer unfortunate accidents in the washing machine.

Saint Stephen's Day
- One of the seven deacons named by the apostles to distribute alms. Died during the first century. Feast Day is December 26the and is observed as a public holiday in Austria and the Republic of Ireland.

National Candy Cane Day
- The candy cane was originally a straight, hard, and all-white candy stick invented by French priests in the early 1400s. The cane shape is traditionally credited to a choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral in Germany, who, legend has it, in 1670 bent straight sugar sticks into canes to represent a shepherd's staff, and gave them to children at church services. Another theory is, as people decorated their Yule trees with food, the bent candy cane was invented as a functional solution. Candy with red stripes first appeared in the early 1900s.

National Coffee Percolator Day
- A coffee percolator (caffettiera in Italian) it is a type of pot used to brew coffee. The name stems from the word percolate which means to cause (a solvent) to pass through a permeable substance especially for extracting a soluble constituent. It's not used much anymore but this day celebrates the percolator used for making coffee. Do you have an old one tucked away in your kitchen cabinet?

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Of course you meant Great Britain or the United Kingdom when you wrote "England".

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