On the day of the shortened sun
A battle between two kings has begun.
The old year dies, and the Oak King rules
We celebrate with logs of Yule!
But the Holly King is defeated, not dead
To Caer Arianrhod he heads.
Until Midsummer, when they battle again
And the Holly King will once again reign…

This collection includes nineteen tales of faeries and magic at Midwinter.

The Madness of Survival by DAYLE A. DERMATIS
Summerland's Paladin by DIANA BENEDICT
The Ice Skating Fairy by LEAH CUTTER
Treasure by LESLIE CLAIRE WALKER
Winternight by ERIC KENT EDSTROM
First Rays of New Sun by RON COLLINS
At the Heart of Trickery by REI ROSENQUIST
A Squalor of Chickens by KAREN L. ABRAHAMSON
By Winter's Forbidden Rite by DEANNA KNIPPLING
Passage by ANTHEA SHARP
Midwinter Run by MARCELLE DUBÉ
Faery Unpredictable by DEB LOGAN
The Stars of Neverwhere by T. THORN COYLE
The Kiss of the Horned God by JAMIE FERGUSON
Destiny by KRISTINE KATHRYN RUSCH
Holly vs Oak by REBECCA M. SENESE
A Last Meal for the Holly King by STEFON MEARS
Bride Thief by BRIGID COLLINS
The Giving Year by ALEXANDRA BRANDT