In the Gypsy Grove, when the days grew short and cold, the Travelers would light the candles for the Winter Lights Festival. The fact that this sounds a lot like Hanukkah may or may not be a coincidence. The history of the Travelers is immersed in Legend, and since I’m a Traveler by birth, but not by training in their magic, I’m not privileged to know the true origins of their holidays like Poppy did.
What I do know is that the Travelers aren’t the only people who use light as the centerpiece of their winter holiday. Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Saturnalia are all celebrated at the time of year when the shortest day occurs.
The lighting of candles or bonfires, celebrating the sun, light displays in store windows and in front of houses reminds us that we all yearn for brighter days, warmer times, closer ties with friends and family, safer surroundings, and hope-filled hearts that are never shattered by darkness.
We can’t control what is in another’s mind, but we can infuse the world with the light we hold in our souls. My family and I remember this along with all of the Travelers as we light the candles this time of year. I invite all of you to do the same. Just imagine how bright the future can be if we all focus our light together.
Wishing you and yours a:
Bright Winter Solstice
Party Till You Drop Saturnalia
Just leave a light on for me.
—Jellybean Reds, Creator of Little Creatures