My Winter Holiday series is a look at other holidays in the winter months, especially around Christmas. We start hearing about Christmas in July, but we don’t hear about Kwanzaa or Chanukah, or even Yule (and it is the yuletide season). So since we don’t hear much about them in the media, we hear at TGON want to make sure those celebrations get seen too.

For those of us who aren’t familiar with this holiday, you may ask yourself, what is Kwanzaa? Kwanzaa is a seven-day African-American celebration that takes place from December 26th to January 1st. Each day focuses on a principle: unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. There are also seven symbols, fruits, vegetables, and nuts, a straw mat, a candle holder, ears of corn, gifts, a communal cup, and seven candles of red, black, and green. There is a feast that takes place on December 31st. It sounds like a beautiful time with family.

Here are the five television episodes and a documentary about this amazing holiday.

Everybody Hates Chris Season 3, Episode 10

Around Christmas, Julius switches out Christmas for Kwanzaa as a money-saving measure.

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas

This episode features Christmas celebrations and talks about how Powers Family celebrates Kwanzaa.

Rugrats Season Kwanzaa

Rugrats does really well with their holiday episodes, and I like that they cover all of them, not just the most prominent ones. This episode centers around Susie Carmichael and her aunt.

The Proud Family Seven Days Of Kwanzaa

While out Christmas shopping Penny invites a homeless family to enjoy the holidays with them. The family, in return, shares the Kwanzaa holiday with them. Of course, Oscar is loud and stubborn about it.

Sesame Street Kwanzaa

Tyler James Williams got to do two Kwanzaa episodes. Before he did the one in Everybody hates Chris, he and his brother Tyrel were featured in a Sesame Street episode about the holiday with their family.

There is also a fantastic documentary available to watch if you want to learn more about Kwanzaa. It is called The Black Candle and is narrated by Maya Angelou. It is highly recommended.

Did I miss any episodes you like? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, have fun storming the castle!