Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, but a secular ritual that puts people back in touch with what is truly important: self, community, humankind and is observed December 26th thru January 1st, a principle for each day during the period. Although it was started by an African-American, Kwanzaa has been embraced by peoples of the world. I have seen through chats and forum posts many guys here who exude the 7 principles of Kwanzaa and are probably unaware. So if you have never heard of Kwanzaa, here are the 7 principles:

Umoja (Unity)-To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)-To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

Ujima (Cooperative Works and Responsibility)-To build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and solve them together.

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)-To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Nia (Purpose)-To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Kuumba (Creativity)-To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Imani (Faith)-To believe with all our heart in our poeple, our parents, our teachers, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle. I took the URL out because it directs you back to the real jock forums. Not sure what's up with that.

While the principles were created in the U.S. in 1966 at a time of confusion, anger and unrest in the black community, they have come to mean more in years that followed. For me, these reach for beyond ethnic boundaries and can be applied to everyone's everyday lives, especially in the gay community. Maybe consider a principle as your starting point for making new years resolutions. icon_smile.gif

So, Hannukah has passed. Christmas has passed. New Year's is yet to come.

Happy Kwanzaa Everyone!!