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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 05:29 PM
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1. It was a Victorian tradition
Edited on Thu Dec-18-08 05:31 PM by MorningGlow
Lots of people told ghost stories at Christmas during that era; Dickens' story survived as the most famous.

On edit: "Ghost stories were an integral part of the Victorian Christmas. Read around the fire, they were a popular home amusement in those households that could not afford the expense of the theatre or concert going. Many stories were specifically written for such evening entertainment. The ghostly tales of M.R. James (1862-1936), for instance, were originally composed for reading on Christmas Eve at Kings College, Cambridge; they were first published as Ghost Stories of an Antiquary in 1904. Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) wrote 'whenever five or six English-speaking people meet around a fire on Christmas Eve they start telling each other ghost stories.' "

http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/exhibns/month/dec2007.html
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