Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy Kwanzaa Redux

KWANZAA is derived from the Swahili word, Kwanza (note the original spelling contains only one "a"), which means first fruits.  The African American holiday, Kwanzaa (with two A's) is a celebration of family, community, and culture.  It begins on December 26 and ends  January 1 each year. 

This blog focuses on images and links to Kwanzaa dolls and additional Kwanzaa information. 

Festivals of the World Kwanzaa Barbie with Kwanzaa Keeya

Festivals of the World Kwanzaa Barbie - closeup

Kwanzaa Keeya - closer view

 Possible Dreams Kwanza Santa (includes dashiki and kufi-clad lad who lights the fourth kinara candle)

Nomsa Celebrates Kwanzaa by Madame Alexander looks quite elegant in gold lamé gown with earth tone coat and head wrap.

One of my favorite Mahogany holiday greeting cards features a trio of angels wearing Kente cloth-trimmed gowns.  One angel has a crooked halo.

Not in my original 2010 post, this Kwanzaa nutcracker was a gift from a dear doll friend a few years ago.  It remains the favorite of my three holiday-themed African American nutcrackers.  Thanks again VW!

Kwanzaa Links:
Doll Shopping for Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa Paper Dolls
The Official Kwanzaa Website
Robert Tonner's 15-inch vinyl Kwanza doll from 1997


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  1. Happy Kwanzaa, DBG!

    I have the Festivals of the World Kwanzaa Barbie and the Kwanzaa Keeya dolls, too. They are cute and a nice addition to our winter holiday dolls.

  2. Happy Kwanzaa, Debbie! I have wanted that Kwanzaa Barbie for years now. Maybe one day...

  3. Thank you, D7ana!

    I hope you are able to find the Kwanzaa Barbie soon, Roxanne. I was shocked when I discovered how much hair she has. I'd like a second one to keep released from the box, but not at the prices sellers are attempting to get on eBay.



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