What is the origin of Christmas? Why do we have Christmas trees? What’s the deal with mistletoe? Dig up the Pagan Christmas traditions in the roots of modern festivities with this macabre holiday special exploring Saturnalia, Odin, folklore and the weird history of the Yule season.
When you dig just under the surface of modern Christmas you begin to find the joyous holiday full of ghosts, monsters, and other darkness.
For creeps like us it’s basically a second Halloween.
Colder, yes, but with equal amounts of macabre merriment.
Macabre Mondays host Malia Miglino invites you to join her festivities as she explores the holiday’s folklore and pagan origin:
Human sacrifice, Yule logs, mistletoe…what do all 3 of these things have in common? Easy – Christmas AND Paganism. I’m breaking the door open on the origins of Christmas and Creeps, it’s DARK.
From the ancient Romans who celebrated Saturnalia to the Vikings who poisoned human sacrifices with mistletoe to Charles Dickens ghost stories….the history of Christmas is long, varied, dark and stolen. So grab some wine, prepare a feast and settle in for a crazy night of lore and Yule while I celebrate with some of my favorite ghosts of Christmas’s past.
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