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Christmas Ghost Stories

The Christmas we celebrate today has not changed much from that of Victorian England; decorating an evergreen, sending Christmas cards, caroling, and stuffing stockings.  The exception to this is an old fashioned ghost story, told around a fire, with a drink in hand. Have you really paid attention to a particular phrase from the popular Christmas carol, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year … And caroling out in the snow There’ll be scary ghost stories And tales of the glories of … Missed it, didn’t you.  Telling scary stories at Christmas time was a long-held English tradition; remember, ‘in the day’ people did not have television; people gathered together, drank and told stories.  Only traces of this once beloved tradition remain: singing the above carol and listening (or watching) Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Did you know that the celebration of Christmas was almost abolished?  In the mid-1700’s, Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell argued that in no place in the Bible were Christians told to celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December. December the 25th was chosen not …