Christmas is a time full of joy and cheer, a holiday surrounded by magic and light. But have you noticed the ghost stories being told during this time of year? We all know the story of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dicken’s story about Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with three ghosts, giving him warnings about his selfish ways. Seems kind of morbid for the holiday season, but in fact, it is a tradition that dates back all the way to the Pagan holiday origins. It was a tradition to tell ghost stories during this time, as the Winter Solstice had begun and with winter came death and rebirth. They believed that the darkest day of the year gave the dead better access to the living.
The tradition of telling ghost stories during this time continued, when people were forced to be close to one another during the winter months, they were more inclined to tell such stories. If you recall from the song “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year” the line where it says “scary ghost stories…from Christmas’s long long ago” refers to these past traditions that dwindled in the Victorian era. It is the time of year to remember that we are always surrounding by ghosts, both positive and negative, and they all have messages for us to better our lives. As Charles Dickens wrote, “the ghosts of Christmas are really the past, present and future, swirling around us in the dead of the year.”.
From myself and everyone at Reece & Co., I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!