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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.

Wartime During Christmas

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

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...

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, ...

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 Solstic...

The Story Behind Christmas Stockings

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

The Brooklyn Ghost

At one point in time, newspapers all over America published stories about folks' strange experiences with ghosts. In the...

The Alcatraz Christmas Ghost

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

How Yule Became Christmas

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

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, ...

Ancient Christmas Traditions

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

The Bramshill House Bride

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

The Dark Lore of Mistletoe

It wouldn't be the holiday season without the appearance of some of our favorite yuletide flora. Think Christmas cacti w...

Christmas Ghost Story: The Old Nurse’s Story

An author highly regarded by Charles Dickens, whose works were featured in his weekly 'Household Words,' a magazine edit...

The Legend of Krampus

A half goat, half demon stalks the nights leading up to Christmas, searching for and punishing misbehaving children. The...

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...

The Dark Roots of The Nutcracker

Behind the holiday classic lies a truly unsavory history — not sugar plums and beautiful ballet -- uncover the Dark Ro...

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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