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WHY ARE HAUNTINGS OFTEN TIED TO THE HOLIDAYS? 

The victorians were notorious for spinning hauntingly good Christmas tales, but why? What created this rise in the 19th century tradition of telling ghost stories around the Christmas Tree? History shows it was a pastime popularized by writers, fortune tellers, stage plays and parlor room seances. But was there more to it than that? Christmas is a holiday shrouded by stories of miracles, mysteries and magic but how did ghost stories become tied to the holidays?

There are many different opinions on why the victorians loved having a "hauntingly good time". The rise of the industrial revolution created a new environment for many. The economic changes were driving people from farms and villages to cities and towns, creating a new middle class. People were filling new larger homes that were unfamiliar. The residents and servants were getting used to their new spacious lodging complete with floorboard creaks, hidden rooms, servants quarters and secret stair cases. It was easy to become frightened as one may unexpectedly bump into someone else in the night. Not to mention the gas lamps used in homes at night cast long, creepy shadows down dark halls that were lit with lanterns known for producing noxious fumes that allegedly created scary hallucinations.

Did all these factors create the perfect environment for ghost stories to be created? Let's remember, many forms of entertainment were limited during these times and books penned by horror authors such as Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley and Edgar Allen Poe were among the extremely popular reading genres during the victorian times. It attributed to others creating their own oratory tales to share and pass around the fire at night. Story telling was mysterious and fun in a time when there was little to do. But how did the holiday stories of ghosts really get jump started.

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