Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Once again I ask: "Scary ghost stories" at Christmas?

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU
 
mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 05:26 PM
Original message
Once again I ask: "Scary ghost stories" at Christmas?
"It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year".

"There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow..."

Fine. I'm down with all that. But:

"There'll be scary ghost stories....."?!

I've never gotten an adequate explanation for that odd bit of Christmas party planning. Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is the only one I can think of.

Is it something I've missed out over all these years?!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 05:29 PM
Response to Original message
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
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 06:57 PM
Response to Reply #1
5. Huh. Didn't know that about M.R. James.
Interesting.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 05:52 PM
Response to Original message
2. Ever hear of Charles Dickens?
He wrote, not only the most famous Christmastime ghost story, but one of the most famous ever.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:47 PM
Response to Reply #2
7. umm.. you mean the Dickens I referenced in my original post?
Yeah. Heard of him.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 05:59 PM
Response to Original message
3. Christmas Carol
Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. :)

At least that's my take on it.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 06:45 PM
Response to Original message
4. I always was puzzled by that too....
...but yeah, A Christmas Carol and such. I guess. Booo!!!!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
grannylib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:11 PM
Response to Original message
6. My husband and I were just talking about that the other night!
WTF is that all about?? I know it's never been a tradition in OUR family, at least, not until "Nightmare Before Christmas" came along *lol*
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Mon Jun 24th 2019, 05:57 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC