“Whenever five or six English-speaking people meet round a fire on Christmas Eve, they start telling each other ghost stories,” wrote British humorist Jerome K. Jerome as part of his introduction to an anthology of Christmas ghost stories titled “Told After Supper“ in 1891. “Nothing satisfies us on Christmas Eve but to hear each other tell authentic anecdotes about specters.”
— Jeffery Peterson, Telling ghost stories is a lost tradition on Christmas Eve
M. R. James did it every year, and Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol”. It’s a Victorian tradition apparently, and I’ve always thought it was a bit odd, but hey — it’s fun, too.
So to celebrate this Christmas Eve, here’s Hume Nisbet’s 1890 contribution to the tradition, The Old Portrait. Enjoy.
I wish all of you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy Holiday Season.