First and foremost, Kwanzaa “is not a replacement for Christmas,” said Sadiki Kambon of Roxbury.
“We tell parents . . . ‘why are you taking your rent, mortgage, and food money to buy toys that within a week they won’t even be using?’ ” said Kambon, 68. “On the sixth night [of Kwanzaa] we exchange gifts, but not 56-inch wide flat screen TVs that make you go into debt.”