Thursday, December 8, 2011

On the Eighth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

Ghost Stories for Christmas Eve

Embrace the British tradition, believed to have begun with the Victorians, of telling ghost stories on Christmas Eve. Gather the clan around the hearth and read aloud some true-life spooky tales like those from Haunted Chattanooga, by writer Jessica Penot, of Ghost Stories and Haunted Places blog, and her co-author, Amy Petulla.

Haunted Chattanooga is available here.


  1. Ok, this year I'm going to poke around and see why people started telling ghost stories at Christmas time.

  2. i am digging the word Chattanooga.... this is intriguing.

  3. sounds like a great tradition. I might just add spooky tales to my usual Christmas Eve stories.

    Happy Creepmas, V.

  4. Good choice on books! She is a great author. I wonder about the ghost story tradition as well, but if you think about it, there are lots of ghosts around Christmas.

    Scrooge is visisted by 3 ghosts.

    The Christmas Carol "The most wonderful time of the year" has the following :

    There'll be parties for hosting
    Marshmallows for toasting
    And caroling out in the snow
    There'll be scary ghost stories
    And tales of the glories of
    Christmases long, long ago

    Maybe there is a "Christmas Spirit!"

  5. you just made Christmas Eve so much more fun for me. thanks.

  6. Funny how you hear these Christmas carols all your life and never really process the wording. I never thought about what "scary ghost stories" even meant, you've got me curious, I see another Christmas Eve tradition taking shape.

  7. Hi Dex1138,

    I've always wanted to get to the bottom of the Christmas Eve ghost stories too. I only discovered this tradition when I lived for a while in England. I think it's so entrenched in the culture there that many Brits don't even know how it started. From the little bit of research I have done, it seems that it may be a combination of the Victorians' hunger for spooky tales, combined with good marketing. Christmas time became a peak publishing period, for obvious reasons, and fairy tales and ghost stories were favourite themes for storytelling at family get-togethers.

    Hi iZombie,

    Ha! Yeah, Chattanooga really is a cool word!!

    Hi Vivienne,

    Yes, I think this is a great tradition to adopt and very much in the Creepmas spirit too!

    Hi wicKED,

    Jessica is fabulous... and probably enjoying a new addition to her family at the moment! Best wishes, Jessica, if you happen to drop by!

    Yes, Scrooge and 'A Christmas Carol' have become synonymous with Christmas. I have actually come across a few people online asking about the meaning of the line: "There'll be scary ghost stories." There's clearly an interest out there about the origins of this tradition.

    Oh yes, there's got to be a "Christmas Spirit"!!

    Hi pensive,

    Thanks. Yes, Christmas Eve ghost stories really should be mandatory for our little community!

    Hi art bliss,

    Exactly! I hadn't even given those song lyrics a single thought until I had actually lived in London, and discovered that there was some mysterious connection between ghost stories and the Yuletide season.


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