For those of you who celebrate Kwanzaa, the first candle in the kinara will be lit this evening.
Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration rather than a religious one, invented in the 1960s by a California college professor and social activist.  Kwanzaa was designed as a way for blacks to reconnect with and celebrate their history and culture.
Each night between December 26 and January 1, a candle is lit on a seven-slotted kinara, to commemorate the  Nguzo Saba, the seven guiding principles:  Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith.
If you celebrate the annual remembrance, I wish you a happy one.  Otherwise, I wish you success in attaining those seven principles in abundance in 2010.