(Repost from 2006)
Thanksgiving is done, Black Friday is over and now the CHRISTMAS season is officially upon us! Kwanzaa observers are now about to suffer the same problem that Christian Christmas observers have suffered since its inception: gross commercialism and the forgetfulness of the true meaning of the season.
Maulana Karenga, the creator of Kwanzaa, said one of the reasons he created Kwanzaa was to get folks away from the commercialism of the “oppressor’s” celebration. On page 15 of his 1977 book on Kwanzaa titled: “Kwanzaa: origin, concepts, practice” he says the following:
“…one of its (Kwanzaa) main functions is to escape the economic entrapment and alienated gift-giving which the Christmas season has come to include and demand.”
Karenga could have urged Christians to remember the reason for celebrating their season and to pull away from the crazy spending that goes on during this celebration, but because of his belief that Christianity is a “white man’s religion” he created a holiday that blacks could celebrate without Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately for Karenga, the same commercialized problems are now plaguing Kwanzaa as Christmas. Try to find one store (other than Christian) that doesn’t sell something having to do with Kwanzaa (and there are some Christian stores that do sell Kwanzaa items). It’s a fact of life: where there are human beings, there will be greed and over-zealous spending.
So this message is for all: This is the CHRISTMAS season! (Say it again – CHRISTMAS! You are free to speak it, write it and think it around this site.) Yes, December 25 may not be His exact birth date, but let’s choose this time of remembering the true meaning of Christmas — the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! (More on this during the week of Christmas.)
Those of you who don’t believe in Christ, do celebrate your holidays. And Christians? Let’s not give folks such as Karenga more reasons for inventing holidays to take the place of ours!