This year, in addition to the joy brought to the world and our hearts as we celebrate the birth of Christ with gift-giving and feasting, take a little time to honor the a holiday born right here in the US of A. Kwanzaa, a week-long secular holiday honoring African-American heritage, was created by Ron Karenga in 1966 during the Civil Rights Movement. It's based around seven principles that adapt African philosophy: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). A candle representing each principle is lit on the days of observance, December 26 to January 1. People of any race can celebrate Kwanzaa. As part of its Holiday Lights series, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will host a Kwanzaa festivity on Thursday, December 28. The party will feature traditional African drums and a performance by Chris Thompson and the Cultural Ensemble. Admission range: $4-$8. More information at www.dsbg.org.