There once was a tradition that people would tell ghost stories around Christmas time, especially on Christmas Eve. Victorian authors adapted the tradition, writing ghost stories for the December issue or Christmas annual of whatever periodicals they wrote for. The most famous example is Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, published in 1843. But not all Christmas ghost stories were about Christmas itself. For example, Mrs. Gaskell wrote a story, “The Old Nurse’s Tale,” for Dickens’s 1852 Christmas supplement , which has very little to do with the holiday other than its temporal setting, but instead is a story of guilt and ghostly retribution.
In the same spirit, this month of December, I’ll be telling a ghost story. It will begin December 1 and end on or before December 24. And more than that, I can’t tell you, save that a character you have met before will put in a surprising appearance.
And if you don’t recognize the quotation under the picture, this is the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73UqDX_quk0