December 11

Today, one may not associate Christmas and ghost stories, but in the Victorian times, telling ghost stories in the parlour at Christmas was a common tradition. 

 

One of the most popular ghost stories was written in 1843 by Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol!   Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by three ghosts, and it is through his interactions with them that he changes his stingy ways.  It was Dicken’s novella that helped Americans embrace the Christmas Holiday by associating children and good will with the holiday, in essence changing Christmas from the rowdy city celebrations to private family matters.

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