How Santa Went Spooky

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How Santa Went Spooky

Postby Jemm » Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:47 pm

How Santa Went Spooky
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Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2008
How Santa Went Spooky
Scott Van Wynsberghe, National Post Published: Thursday, December 20, 2007
Since the time of Charles Dickens, Christmas has inspired some of the darkest tales ever penned.

Ah, Christmas, that time of year when friends and family gather to hear ghost stories.

Although almost everyone knows about the 1843 Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol, which prominently features spirits from the beyond, not so many are aware that Dickens was part of an unusual tradition that preceded him by a bit and continues to this day.

Christmas ghost stories are one of those oddities that defy easy explanation. David Parker, author of the 2005 book Christmas and Charles Dickens, points out that such stories were uncommon in the English language, outside of an oral tradition in parts of the British countryside, until about 1800. By the 1830s, however, the swapping of Yuletide chillers among Britons was, he says, "a Christmas custom widely practiced and accepted."
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