Christmas Present

by John J. Miller on December 24, 2011

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Christmas is for ghost stories. From my WSJ article on M.R. James:

Each October, our culture turns its gaze to the ghostly and the ghastly. A century ago, however, James associated specters and their ilk with another season: Christmas. This yuletide linkage has deep roots: “A sad tale’s best for winter: I have one/Of sprites and goblins,” says a character in Shakespeare’s “Winter’s Tale.” Yet the connection owes its biggest debt to Charles Dickens, who began the practice of publishing ghost stories in the Christmas issues of the magazines he edited. Dickens was also the author of what may be the world’s most famous ghost story: “A Christmas Carol.”

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