Link between Christmas and ghost stories?
December 8, 2009 7:12 PM Subscribe
What’s the link between Christmas and ghost stories?
posted by paulg to Society & Culture (7 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
M.R. James started writing his ghost stories to read to friends on Christmas Eve. There's Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The frame story in "The Turn of the Screw" has a bunch of friends sitting around the harth on Christmas Eve. The song "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" has the line there'll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago. Tim Burton gave us The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Is it as simple as the fact that Christmas, as we celebrate it, was shaped by the Victorians, and the Victorians like ghost stories? Is this some sort of pre-Christian pagan tradition that survived till modern times. Perhaps people just can't get enough Halloween in October. When did the Christmas ghost story originate and why?