Did you know that one of the oldest Christmas traditions involved families gathering around a roaring fire and telling each other ghost stories? This tradition was documented in the Smithsonian Museum's blog:
“Christmas as celebrated in Europe and the U.S. was originally connected to the 'pagan' Winter Solstice celebration and the festival known as Yule. The darkest day of the year was seen by many as a time when the dead would have particularly good access to the living,” religious studies professor Justin Daniels told Omnia, a University of Pennsylvania blog.
And Christmas as a holiday has a cocktail of elements that invite ghosts, writes Colin Fleming for The Paris Review. “These are the short days of the year, and a weird admixture of pagan habits and grand religiosity obtains.”
This year, the BBC is bringing this haunting tradition back with a new rendition of 'A Christmas Carol' that focuses on the story's more supernatural elements. Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight created this fictional retelling, and Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy executive produced. Guy Piece stars as Ebenezer Scrooge and Andy Serkis as the Ghost of Christmas Past.
The mini-series is set to arrive just in time for the holidays, and is described as “a haunting, hallucinatory, spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge’s dark night of the soul.”
Check out the trailer below. It looks like a spooky good time!