The search for December holiday décor — other than Christmas-related offerings — may be wearying for the uninitiated. The choices for Hanukkah...
The search for December holiday décor — other than Christmas-related offerings — may be wearying for the uninitiated. The choices for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa don’t come close to the depth and breadth of supersized Christmas.
The selections for other winter celebrations are even slimmer.
That said, lively and modern décor for the Jewish holiday and the African-American celebration are dotted throughout the shopping landscape. Keep your eyes open, and you’ll spot the traditional Star of David and light-blue items that signaled Friday’s arrival of Hanukkah, or the kinara (candleholder) and red, green and black featured in homes celebrating Kwanzaa, which begins Dec. 26.
The holidays last for several days (eight for Hanukkah, seven for Kwanzaa), and ritual candle-lighting is part of both traditions. Candleholders, known as menorahs for Hanukkah and kinaras for Kwanzaa, are the main symbolic pieces in homes.
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A dreidel, a spinning top with a Hebrew letter on four sides, is a traditional game and another décor choice for Hanukkah. Those celebrating Kwanzaa may add a unity cup or corn or other crops in a basket and a mat.
For those celebrating Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, here are several pieces, available locally, to help commemorate the holidays:
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