The final challenge for the year. Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel? Think of how ancient civilizations felt when they finally began seeing light, longer, after six months of progressive darkness. The end of this month marks the solstice, winter in the Northern hemisphere and summer in the Southern. How we perceive light is basic to our experience as humans. It is the mechanism by which we first told time. The spectrum of visible light colors our world and that of the invisible is one way in which we mark energy transference. The lack of light is also basic to our experience as humans. In the dark, we cannot see and we either find freedom in the development of other senses or we fear the monsters that arrive with the dark. With the development of the Christian church, it co-opted many ancient festivals of light for its own holidays when it could not completely obliterate the celebration of those holidays by the new converts. We cannot escape the impact light has on our lives, and this is the perfect time to reflect on its presence. Oh, and don’t forget the light reading which may be all we can manage in this hectic time of the gift-giving holidays.

  • Festivals of Light
    • The Origins of Christmas by Joseph F. Kelly
    • Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth by Dorothy Morrison
    • The Battle for Christmas by Stephen Nissenbaum
    • Celebrate Diwali by Deborah Heiligman and Vasudha Narayanan – Juv
    • The Hanukkah Anthology by Philip Goodman
  • Light Reading
    • The Book of Spam: A Most Glorious and Definitive Compendium of the World’s Favorite Canned Meat by Dan Armstrong and Dustin Black
    • Don’t Jump! The Northwest Winter Blues Survival Guide by Traci Vogel and Novella Carpenter
    • Winters’ Tales by Jonathan Winters
    • The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore
    • Christmas Unwrapped: Lighthearted Humor to Get You Through the Holidays by Scott Emmons
    • The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Holidays by Joshua Piven; David Borgenicht
  • Winter Solstice
    • The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice by Carolyn McVickar Edwards
    • The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas by John Matthews
    • Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher
    • The Winter Solstice by Shirley Toulson
    • Winter Solstice by Gerald Warner Brace
  • Light Science
    • First Light: The Search for the Edge of the Universe by Richard Preston
    • Light Years: An Exploration of Mankind’s Enduring Fascination with Light by Brian Clegg
    • The Very First Light: The True Inside Story of the Scientific Journey Back to the Dawn of the Universe by John Boslough and John Mather
    • Ancient Light: Our Changing View of the Universe by Alan Lightman
    • Light and Dark: An exploration in science, nature, art and technology by David Greene
  • Light Titles
    • The Phoenix Lights by Lynne D. Kitei, Paul Perry, and Gary E. Schwartz
    • Light by M. John Harrison
    • Watch For The Light: Readings For Advent And Christmas by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Donne, Meister Eckhart, and T.S. Eliot
    • A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein – YA
    • A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb – YA