And just like that, Christmas is over and done with. Except for the digging out . . . and except that for some of us, it’s NOT over.

It’s not over: Happy Kwanzaa!

If you celebrate Kwanzaa, of course, the holiday has only just begun! Today is the day to especially celebrate Umoja, or Unity–something we all could use a good deal more of, in my home country of the United States.

Kwanzaa goes on for another six days after this, and doesn’t end till New Year’s Day. Each day, celebrants are asked to think about a particular value that has stood the African-American community in good stead over the years.

Today’s value is “Unity,” or Umoja. “To maintain unity in family, community, nation, and culture” is an urgent issue in the United States today that transcends any single group. Everyone in the USA can learn from the strong, resilient heart of the Black community. Will we? Only time can answer that.

At the basis of unity is shared respect and–yes–love.

Nope: it’s not over even yet: It’s also Boxing Day!

And, no — it’s not over even yet. Don’t forget today is ALSO Boxing Day in much of the English-speaking world! This year, more than ever, it might be a great moment to consider a large, charitable donation.

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Many thanks to Brian Gordon and his Fowl Language cartoons, for today’s grin, to Jeffrey St. Clair via LinkedIn and SlideShare for the beautiful Umoja Unity design, and to the Tumblr of Adam Hernandez AKA “Slim Baby!” (via Pinterest), with thanks to TinEye Reverse Image Search, for the Cornel West quote and image.