Telling ghost stories is a lost tradition on Christmas Eve

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  • coltakashi Richland, WA
    Dec. 25, 2015 8:03 a.m.

    As part of the Protestant Reformation the Catholic belief in appearances of heavenly beings such as the Virgin Mary and various saints and angels was formally rejected. However, the desire to experience contact with the supernatural world persisted and grew into belief in the reality of witches as proof of the reality of spirits both good and evil. While Marley shows Scrooge the spirits of the tormented dead, who suffer because they now realize how evil they were in life (a concept that accords better with Mormon concepts of hell than the Protestant version), the three "ghosts" who give Scrooge a panoramic revelation are not the souls of dead people, but are angels from God. But calling them that would be too Catholic for England. Ghost stories are reassurances of the reality of the soul's continued existence and the justice meted out to evil men.

  • Logan2x Chicago, IL
    Dec. 1, 2015 9:16 a.m.

    Interesting. Guess it now makes sense to me that my favorite Christmas movie is Gremlins.

  • Francie Holladay, UT
    Dec. 24, 2010 11:53 a.m.

    Thanks for the information. I had always thought that the "scary ghost stories" part of Most Wonderful Time of the Year was a little bizarre. I figured it had to do with A Christmas Carol, but I sure have never had any experience with other ghost stories. Very interesting. Maybe we will watch Sixth Sense today.

  • Verdad Orem, UT
    Dec. 24, 2010 11:10 a.m.

    Fascinating article. And fun.