Christmas Ghost Stories
We’re all familiar with Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghosts in “A Christmas Carol,” but the tradition of telling haunted Christmas tales is much older than Charles Dickens.
Christmas comes from the Pagan Yule festival and winter solstice celebrations in which death and darkness were closer than ever before.
“Scary ghost stories,” as referenced in the classic Christmas carol “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” evolved as part of those early traditions as people huddled around the warm glow of the bon fire on the darkest night of the year.
English writers brought Christmas ghost stories back during the Victorian age, when there was a renewed interest in the holiday.