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Ghost Stories Book Club: A Christmas Carol

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Ghost Stories Book Club: A Christmas Carol


Ghost Stories Book Group

Our selection this month is obvious: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. What else would we read just before Christmas?

As it turns out, sharing ghost stories at Christmas time is a long-standing tradition.


A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories

Though the practice is now more associated with Halloween, spooking out your family is well within the Christmas spirit

By Colin Dickey, Smithsonian.com

For the last hundred years, Americans have kept ghosts in their place, letting them out only in October, in the run-up to our only real haunted holiday, Halloween. But it wasn’t always this way, and it’s no coincidence that the most famous ghost story is a Christmas story—or, put another way, that the most famous Christmas story is a ghost story. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843, and its story about a man tormented by a series of ghosts the night before Christmas belonged to a once-rich, now mostly forgotten tradition of telling ghost stories on Christmas Eve. Dickens’ supernatural yuletide terror was no outlier, since for much of the 19th century, was the holiday indisputably associated with ghosts and the specters. … Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com
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