Sunday, December 09, 2012

Stories by candlelight

The short days approaching the winter solstice are a time in many cultures to celebrate light.  Until the modern era, that meant candles and lamps, which continue to be important holiday symbols.  Here are four illuminating stories to share this December.

Just Enough Is Plenty: a Hanukkah Tale by Barbara Diamond Goldin.    In Eastern Europe, a mysterious peddler comes to the door of a poor family on the first of the eight nights of Hanukkah.  The family welcomes the stranger in the spirit of the season.  This year, Hanukkah begins December 8.

The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evans.  In an odd chandler's shop, Thomas buys a cheap candle for his lantern.  The candlemaker warns him, "You may find it costly" and indeed the candlelight tricks Thomas into seeing in a new light. December 24 is Christmas Eve.

Imani's Gift at Kwanzaa by Denise Burden-Patmon.   Imani doesn't want the Johnsons to visit because she doesn't get along with Enna.  But with her grandmother's help, Imani finds a way to change their relationship. Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 through January 1.

The Storyteller's Candle - La velita de los cuentos by Lucía Gonzáles. Hildamar and Santiago miss celebrating Three Kings Day back in Puerto Rico until they discover the librarian speaks Spanish and wants their help planning a fiesta. Three Kings Day is January 6.

Tell a story - light a candle of the mind. 

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