Ghost Stories for Christmas

IMG_0081Revive a spooky, old Christmas tradition. 

Reading a ghost story on Christmas Eve was once as much a part of traditional Christmas celebrations as turkey, eggnog and Santa Claus.”

Now this is my kind of Christmas tradition. These little stories jumped out at me at a bookstore and soon became a must do for Christmas Eve.

The Signalman by Charles Dickens was published in 1866 and described as “an eerie story of isolation, dread and supernatural visitation.”  Not your typical holiday read but for a ghost story it’s wonderfully spooky.

One Who Saw by A. M. Burrage was published in 1931 and is the story of a writer who is “enchanted by the spectre of a weeping woman.  His obsession builds until her ghostly hand falls from her face and he, in horror, becomes the ‘one who sees.'”

It looks to be a dark and rainy day here, so ghost stories and some eggnog will be a perfect combination. 🙂


The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

IMG_0019“I once read that the secret to happiness is having something to do, something to look forward to, and someone to love.  It must be true even if the love is contractual.”

During the holiday season, I always find myself gravitating toward sweet stories with themes of love, friendship, and connection.  While the holidays are a time for all of these things, at times all the noise and expectations can make it a time of great disconnect as well.  So what’s better than a story about lonely souls finding each other and making a connection?  The Mistletoe Promise is that kind of story, and one that is heartwarming and a wonderful chilly day read (accompanied by a cup of tea, of course).

The holidays are a lonely time for Elise, who has been on her own since her divorce, which came about as a result of her husbands infidelity among other issues.  The divorce along with a heartbreaking tragedy from her past, makes moving on very difficult for Elise.  One day, while having lunch at her usual place at work, she is approached by a stranger who she had noticed several times previously.  He is tired of being alone during the holidays, and proposes a deal in which they pretend to be a couple over the course of eight weeks, with the deal expiring on Christmas Eve.   Continue reading “The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans”