Celebrating Kwanzaa on a Budget

Posted on 12/22/2011

If you and your family are celebrating Kwanzaa this year you may be looking for ways to honor African heritage without spending lots of money. The good news is, this holiday doesn’t require big bucks—its’ more about learning and experiencing the culture. Consider these tips for celebrating Kwanzaa on a budget.

Make Budget-Friendly African Food Melissa d’Arabian, host of Ten Dollar Dinners, tackled North African Meatballs and came out a winner. For just a few bucks you can create this African-inspired dish and make it part of your Kwanzaa celebration.

Check With Your Local Library
Many local libraries offer free Kwanzaa events in an effort to enlighten the community about African American values, traditions and history. These fun events can include song and dance as well as educational components. For instance, in New Jersey the Ocean County Library is celebrating Kwanzaa on December 29 and in New York several branches are featuring guest speakers during Kwanzaa.

Print Out Kwanzaa Freebies

There are several free Kwanzaa printables available online, which are great tools for educating young people about the purpose of the holiday. Find free printable coloring pages at apples4theteacher.com and a free Kwanzaa crossword at abcteach.com.

Complete a Kwanzaa Paper Craft

One of the traditions of Kwanzaa includes a Kinara candle holder, meant to last the full seven days of the holiday. Watch this short video from CraftClub.com and find out how to make one of these in just ten easy steps using items you probably already have around the house.

Create a Kwanzaa Unity Cup
Continue an old tradition by creating this new Kwanzaa craft. Making a custom unity cup is not difficult thanks to help from HGTV.com. You’ll just need some basic supplies like a goblet, multicolored beads, nylon thread and a hot glue gun. This festive cup will become an integral part of your holiday table and something you’ll treasure for many Kwanzaa celebrations to come.

By Alison Storm

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