24 Festive Tasks: The Eight Final Holidays
The calendar's eight final holidays and associated book tasks are:
Door 17: Dec. 21 – Winter Solstice (Yule / Yaldā Night / Dongzhi / Soyal)
Book: Read a book that takes place in December, with ice or snow on the cover, where all events take place in a single day or night, that revolves around the solstice, set in Persia / Iran, China or the American Southwest or prominently featuring Persian / Iranian, Chinese or Native American characters, or a collection of poetry.
Door 18: Dec. 22 – Hanukkah
Book: Read a book about light, miracles, featuring Jewish characters, set in Israel, that is the second book in a series, with the word “two” in the title, or with a light on the cover.
Door 19: Dec. 23 – Festivus
Book: Read any comedy, parody, or satire.
Door 20: Dec. 25 – Christmas
Book: Read a Christmas book.
Door 21: Dec. 26 – Kwanzaa
Book: Read a book set in Africa or the Caribbean, by an African, Caribbean, or African-American author, with a green, red, or black cover, or with crops of the earth or a native African animal on the cover (lion, giraffe, cheetah, etc.).
Door 22: Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day
Book: Read a book about an ending or a new start, where things go BOOM, with fireworks on the cover, set in medieval times, about the papacy, or where miracles of any sort are performed.
Door 23: Dec. 32 – Hogswatch
Book: Any- and everything Terry Pratchett.
For the members of the Discworld group: This of course includes the Discworld December read, Guards! Guards!, as well as some group members' favorite seasonal reread, Hogfather.
Door 24: Jan. 6 – Twelfth Night / Epiphany
Book: Read a book featuring three main characters, about traveling on a journey to a faraway place, a book that’s part of a trilogy, with a star on the cover, with the word “twelve” or “night” in the title, or concerning kings or spices.