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25 Days of Christmas

Christmas is considered to be the most wonderful time of the year. But was it always? Walk with the ghosts of Christmas past through the history of early traditions from 274 AD with Saturnalia, Yule, Mithra, the tradition of Francis of Assisi, the feast of St. Nicholas, Santa Clause, Krampus, and beyond. We’re celebrating the spirit of the holiday, and you’re cordially invited.

How Ghost Stories Became a Christmas Tradition

Christmas presents have been opened, and the hot cocoa has been poured while Christmas classics adorn the television. Th...

The Brooklyn Ghost

At one point in America, newspapers from all over the nation published stories about people’s eerie experiences with g...

Consoda: Dining With the Dead

Christmas takes on a distinctive and poignant character in the heart of Portugal, where cobbled streets wind through his...

True Story Behind A Christmas Carol

Everybody knows the tale of Ebenezer Scrouge. Tiny Tim, the Cratchit family, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, ...


As the twelve days of Christmas emerge, a malevolent force is known to strike terror into the hearts of those who dare t...

Hans Trapp: The Christmas Cannibal Scarecrow

As we delve into the intriguing legend of Hans Trapp, we find ourselves traversing through the rich tapestry of history,...

Sir Geoffrey and The Headless Hound

The thin veil that separates us from the realm of the dead is lifted at various times of the year. When the sun is low, ...

The Origins of Christmas

Santa Claus, Polar Bears, Coca-Cola, Christmas wasn’t always this way. In a time before the advent of Capitalism, Chri...

Wartime During Christmas

A frostbitten calm falls upon the land. Peace comes to all via vast feasts and celebrations. Everything seems serenely p...

The Alcatraz Christmas Ghost

The most impenetrable federal prison of its time. Alcatraz has captivated the minds of ghost hunters, history buffs, and...

The Headless Horseman of Roos Hall

It was known throughout the Norse, Gaelic, and Britton countries of Northern Europe that the time of the Winter Solstice...

The Story Behind Christmas Stockings

Hung delicately across every mantle, of every fireplace, in every home, during every Christmas, tiny, brightly and ornat...

The Bramshill House Bride

When we think of the holidays, the undead do not immediately pop up in our minds. But in the United Kingdom, the telling...

Ancient Christmas Traditions

A yule log softly illuminates a dim living room, emanating warmth from the comfort of its hearth. Mistletoe hangs unsusp...

The Dark Side of The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz has remained a truly classic American film since it first came out in 1939. The film's star, Judy Darla...

Belsnickel and His Magical Punishment Whip

Christmas comes with its own cast of immortal characters. We have Santa Claus, the protagonist, followed by a supporting...

The St. Nicholas Day Terror: Knecht Ruprecht

In the hushed glow of a wintry night, when snowflakes pirouette outside and the warmth of the fireplace flickers, gather...

The Legend of Krampus

Every year at the end of December, children everywhere prepare themselves for the arrival of Old St. Nick. Most children...

The Dark Lore of Mistletoe

It wouldn't be the holiday season without the appearance of some of our favorite yuletide flora. Mistletoe is one of the...

Christmas Ghost Story: The Old Nurse’s Story

The end of Halloween may signal the start of the holiday season for some, but the spooky season never ends for those of ...

The Dark History of The Nutcracker

Some Christmas traditions are timeless. Matching pajamas for the family. Gathering to watch the annual Christmas parade....

Dark Facts About Your Favorite Christmas Staples

As the Christmas trees go up and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation takes over our TVs, the annual holiday traditio...

George Washington Crosses The Delaware

“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” We all k...

How Yule Became Christmas

Before there was Christmas, there was Yule. Yule refers to a midwinter festival celebrated during the time of the Winter...

Seven Medieval Christmas Traditions

“Christe Maesse,” the Festival of Christ. A season of celebration; the birth of the Christian savior Jesus Christ is...
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