Holiday Magick: 20 Holiday Stories with a Twist
Release: May 21, 2013
Genre: Speculative fiction
Rating: G – for all audiences
Author: Candace Sams and other contributors
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Format: Print – A collection of short, speculative stories on how holidays might have begun
People don’t usually question holiday traditions or their origins, but maybe they should. Over centuries, explanations of how and why holidays exist may have been lost or changed.
Some holiday histories might only be known by a few individuals. Ancient magic spells could have influenced how we celebrate today. Fairies, zombies, or demons may have shaped our holidays.
Consider the following…
Why do people give red roses and cards on Valentine’s Day?
Is there more to the story of Purim than is traditionally told?
Why do people wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?
Candace Sams entry in this speculative fictional account of how holidays ‘might’ have actually been born is “Equinox This!”
Equinoxes occur when Earth’s orientation is such that both day and night share the same amount of time. The word is derived from Latin – aequus meaning equal and nox meaning night. Most of the world’s citizens recognize the equinoxes as (approximately) March 20th and September 22nd. These dates have been referred to as the first day of spring and the first day of autumn, respectively. In primitive times, people may have celebrated these special days with unique food and drink that were available only during those particular times of year. But how did the ancient world’s population know when the balanced days arrived? Did they have to guess, or was there a gentle nudge from some otherworldly source?