Sing with me, everybody…
“There’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the GORY Christmases of long, long ago”
Christmas is a time for death.
Sure, I know what you’re thinking. No it’s not, you idiot. It’s time for peace and joy and goodwill to all. A time for giving and family and food and gathering with friends. Well, you’re right, on all counts. Christmas is for all of those things.
But it’s also a time for death.
It’s a time for death, ghosts, goblins, and ghouls. Let’s face it, Christmas is all about the paranormal. Some of the greatest tales of the season are infused with it, from A Christmas Carol to It’s a Wonderful Life to The Nightmare Before Christmas. I could go on and on listing the links between the afterlife and the holiday season in popular culture and classic literature. One of my favorite Christmas memories of all time is going to see the Nutcracker as a child. Do I have remind you about all the swordplay in the story and, ultimately, the graphic demise of the Mouse King? Death and violence, even in a seemingly innocuous children’s ballet, speaks volumes of our taste for the morose, even during this, the most festive of seasons (Side note: One of my other all-time fav memories involves me and my brothers renting Friday the 13th Part 1,2, & 3 and watching them back to back on Xmas eve).
And why, you may ask, do we love our horror stories this time of year? Maybe it has something to do with our shared history.
Long ago, Pagans recognized the winter solstice as the shortest day of the year, meaning the night the longest at that time also. They saw that, during the extended darkness, the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was at its thinnest. Everything outside is dead, cold, and dark…a perfect recipe for ghosts to walk the earth.
And the perfect opportunity for a SCARY CHRISTMAS countdown. It’s my inauguration into blogging on a full time basis, and I thought I’d start with a fun look at the frightening side of the season. Every day from here till the big day, I’ll post something new. The best holiday horror novels or movies of all time. The best paranormal Christmas activities and events. Maybe even a ghost story or two. It’ll be like one of those Advent Calendars. Remember those? Eating a piece of chocolate everyday while counting down to Christmas–so awesome! That’s what my SCARY CHRISTMAS will be like. But instead of chocolate, you’ll get a scrumptious morsel of Christmassy horror goodness.
More to come…