The winter solstice is almost upon us: tomorrow, December 21, is the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Many cultures around the world mark this time of year with holidays or festivals to celebrate the light that brightens these long, cold, winter nights. Scandinavian countries honor St. Lucy’s Day, in which a young girl is chosen to wear a crown of candles on December 13th, the winter solstice according to the Julian calendar. Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, celebrates an ancient miracle in which a day’s supply of oil burned for eight days. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, often referred to as “the light of the world.” Ancient Romans celebrated the birth of the god Sol Invictus, who name means “unconquered sun,” just after the winter solstice.
These dark, chilly nights are the ideal time to curl up with a good book — and I have a few suggestions for winter solstice reading. Continue reading YA Books for the Winter Solstice