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The Holiday Season Means More Than Christmas

Posted December 17, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Shopping for the perfect gift is rarely easy at holiday time, especially if you're not shopping for Christmas. At Mazel Tov Gifts in North Raleigh, the store has been packed with people looking for Hanukkah presents.

"A lot more children this year coming in with their parents," says store owner Susie Kosten. "We have more space now, so people are bringing in the whole family to shop. It's been very nice."

Folks looking for specialty gifts like menorahs and dreidels can find them at Mozel Tov Gifts, a sign the Triangle's population is becoming more diverse.

For some, recognizing Kwanzaa is how they celebrate the season. At Blacknificent Books in Raleigh, they have cards and books about the African-American cultural celebration.

"Look for a local book store or cultural store in your area that has Kwanzaa materials dealing with the seven principles," says customer Sha Everlasting. "If you're a first-time practitioner, you'll want to go some place like a cultural center."

The focus in Kwanzaa is not on gift-giving, rather it's on education and celebrating black culture.

Store owner Kamau Kambon says the holiday is an opportunity for families to get together at the end of the year and prepare themselves for the coming year in terms of economic development.

That's something many families of all races and faiths do this time of year. Unlike Christmas, Hanukkah lasts for eight days, Kwanzaa for seven.