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Storybox Playlist: The Light in the Darkness — Sparkle Solstice

Light and dark - the most basic duality. Within day and night and winter and summer are so many possibilities of stories. In the northern hemisphere, we stand in the darkness and bring our gift of light. In the southern hemisphere, we offer our gratitude to the light and make ready for the darkness. Here are a few stories about light and darkness.

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The Shortest Day (from the At Home with Martin & Sylvia Series)

Where Martin and Sylvia live, the nights are getting longer and the days are getting shorter. When Momma suggests they spend more time outside with the sun, brother and sister decide to invite the daylight into all their play. They go sledding, build fairy houses, do farm chores and build a bonfire all with an eye on the sun - celebrating its shortest day of the year.

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The Middle of The Night (from the By Thistle By Thimble Series)

Willow Fielding loves to camp - but she hasn't always loved it. She was once afraid of the woods and then, when she was 8 years old, her grandfather introduced her to a barred owl named Lucy. "Like the girl in the stories who brought light during dark times" said her grandfather. After that point the woods became a magical place for her - and years later, when she was caught in a storm, that magic returned and brought a special light to a very dark night.

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Light in the Wilderness (from the So Many Fairies Series)

Star is a house-cat with a wild side. And one day in the middle of a snowstorm, Star’s wildness gets him lost in the forest. Luckily, a dedicated fairy who loves Star engages the natural world to help him find his way back home.

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A Night for Stories (from the Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures! Series)

One late afternoon, when Martin expresses his frustration about how the days get so short this time of year, Daddy tells brother and sister about how it is considered the storytelling time of year. He suggests that they spend the evening together telling stories and everyone gets excited. He says that stories almost always bring magic, but that evening the magic surprises even Daddy.

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Candle Berry Elf(from the So Many Fairies Series)

Every year, during the long nights of December, the Candleberry Elf makes candles in his fairy chandlery. Every year he waits for the old man and woman of the farmhouse to light their candles, signaling the beginning of the festival of lights. One year, however, they do not light their candles — and the Candleberry Elf looks to find out why.

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About the Author

David Sewell McCann
Story Spinner

David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.