Christmas Ghost Stories #Creepmas


There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago 
~It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year


In the Victorian era it was quite common to gather on Christmas Eve to tell ghost stories.  


“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.” ( Desert News December 23, 2010)


"Telling ghost stories during winter is a hallowed tradition, a folk custom stretches back centuries, when families would wile away the winter nights with tales of spooks and monsters. “A sad tale’s best for winter,” Mamillius proclaims in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale: “I have one. Of sprites and goblins.” And the titular Jew of Malta in Christopher Marlowe’s play at one point muses, “Now I remember those old women’s words, Who in my wealth would tell me winter’s tales, And speak of spirits and ghosts by night.”" (Smithsonian.com December 15, 2017)


For much of the 19th century, Christmas was associated with ghosts and specters.

Eventually Halloween took over as the night of darkness and ghostly tales. When Irish and Scottish immigrants brought Halloween customs to the United States Americans preferred tales of ghosts and goblins over other cultural aspects of the people and their holiday.


But "the transition from Christmas to Halloween as the preeminent holiday for ghosts was an uneven one. Even as late as 1915, Christmas annuals of magazines were still dominated by ghost stories, and Florence Kingsland’s 1904 Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games still lists ghost stories as fine fare for a Christmas celebration: “The realm of spirits was always thought to be nearer to that of mortals on Christmas than at any other time,” she writes." (Colin Dickey Smithsonian.com December 15, 2017)


If you think about it, ghost stories at Christmas makes perfect sense. 


"When the night grows long and the year is growing to a close, it’s only natural that people feel an instinct to gather together. At the edge of the year, it also makes sense to think about people and places that are no longer with us. Thus, the Christmas ghost story. Its origins have little to do with the kind of commercial Christmas we've celebrated since the Victorian age. They’re about darker, older, more fundamental things: winter, death, rebirth, and the rapt connection between a teller and his or her audience. But they’re packaged in the cozy trappings of the holiday." (Smithsonian.com December 23, 2016)


Many of us think about family members long gone during the holidays, perhaps more so than any other time of year. The "ghosts of Christmas past"  make us nostalgic, sad, whimsical, and sometimes down right spooked. 


The days are short and the nights long. Imagine a time before electricity when the nights were endless and pitch black. Scary things lurk in the darkness. People were superstitious and terrified.


In days of old, Yule, the longest night of year celebrated on the Winter Solstice, was a time when the dead had better access to the living. Old myths and legends of the winter holidays are full of ghosts, witches, fairies, elves, goblins and demons. It was a season of darkness filled with all things spooky.


By the Victorian era and the industrial age gas lamps brought more light to the night and it was safer to speak about what could be lurking outside in the darkness. People would get a thrill out of scaring each other. Ghost stories were a way to entertain.


The twentieth century evolved Christmas into a bright commercial celebration of presents and Santa Claus. Twinkling lights tore the holiday away from its dark roots and made it a season of merriment.


But in the twenty first century we see a resurgence of interest in the old ways. More people want to know the stories of "Christmases long, long ago" including those tales of Christmas Spirits. It's time to resurrect the dead tradition of Christmas ghost stories.


One of the most well known ghostly Christmas tales is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens who also wrote quite a few other tales of holiday spirits.


The New York Public Library blog published a piece about Dickens in 2014, it listed these other creepy Christmas tales by Dickens


You may be able to find them at your local library. A couple are free for your kindle on Amazon. 


Here are some anthologies full of vintage creepy Christmas tales.


 

Spirits of the Season: Christmas Hauntings 

Publisher: British Library Publishing


Festive cheer turns to maddening fear in this new collection of seasonal hauntings, presenting the best Christmas ghost stories from the 1850s to the 1960s. 


The traditional trappings of the holiday are turned upside down as restless spirits disrupt the merry games of the living, Christmas trees teem with spiteful pagan presences, and the Devil himself treads the boards at the village pantomime. 

As the cold night of winter closes in and the glow of the hearth begins to flicker and fade, the uninvited visitors gather in the dark in this distinctive assortment of haunting tales.



The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories


The first-ever collection of Victorian Christmas ghost stories, culled from rare 19th-century periodicals


During the Victorian era, it became traditional for publishers of newspapers and magazines to print ghost stories during the Christmas season for chilling winter reading by the fireside or candlelight. Now for the first time thirteen of these tales are collected here, including a wide range of stories from a diverse group of authors, some well-known, others anonymous or forgotten. Readers whose only previous experience with Victorian Christmas ghost stories has been Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” will be surprised and delighted at the astonishing variety of ghostly tales in this volume. 


“In the sickly light I saw it lying on the bed, with its grim head on the pillow. A man? Or a corpse arisen from its unhallowed grave, and awaiting the demon that animated it?” - John Berwick Harwood, “Horror: A True Tale”


“Suddenly I aroused with a start and as ghostly a thrill of horror as ever I remember to have felt in my life. Something—what, I knew not—seemed near, something nameless, but unutterably awful.” - Ada Buisson, “The Ghost’s Summons”


“There was no longer any question what she was, or any thought of her being a living being. Upon a face which wore the fixed features of a corpse were imprinted the traces of the vilest and most hideous passions which had animated her while she lived.” - Walter Scott, “The Tapestried Chamber”





The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories, Volume Two

Fifteen more chilling tales of Yuletide terror, collected from rare Victorian periodicals

Following the popularity of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (1843), Victorian newspapers and magazines frequently featured ghost stories at Christmas time, and reading them by candlelight or the fireside became an annual tradition. This second volume of Victorian Christmas ghost stories contains fifteen tales, most of which have never been reprinted. They represent a mix of the diverse styles and themes common to Victorian ghost fiction and include works by once-popular authors like Grant Allen and Eliza Lynn Linton as well as contributions from anonymous or wholly forgotten writers. This volume also features a new introduction by Prof. Allen Grove.

“At first I was aware only of a bluish, misty, phosphorescent light, and then a ghastly terror, that froze the very blood in my veins, seized me, for suddenly I saw rise up out of the inky darkness the form of a man—the eyes of a hideous red, fixed on mine with a look of hate ...” - Coulson Kernahan, “Haunted!”

“As I stood in breathless horror, unable to stir a limb, the figure raised its arm, a skeleton hand emerged from the heavy folds of the cloak, and touched my elbow. A scorching pain shot through me, I uttered a shriek——” - Emily Arnold, “The Ghost of the Treasure-Chamber”

“Again that shudder passed through his body, and again he unwillingly met the glance of those diabolical eyes upon the scroll. Horror of horrors! was the face alive, or was he going mad?” - Anonymous, “The Weird Violin”



The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories, Volume Three

A new collection of twenty ghostly tales of Yuletide terror, collected from rare Victorian periodicals

Seeking to capitalize on the success of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol (1843), Victorian newspapers and magazines frequently featured ghost stories at Christmas time, and reading them by candlelight or the fireside became an annual tradition, a tradition Valancourt Books is pleased to continue with our series of Victorian Christmas ghost stories. This third volume contains twenty tales, most of them never before reprinted. They represent a mix of the diverse styles and themes common to Victorian ghost fiction and include works by once-popular authors like Ellen Wood and Charlotte Riddell as well as contributions from anonymous or wholly forgotten writers. This volume also features a new introduction by Prof. Simon Stern.

"Before me, with the sickly light from the lantern shining right down upon it, was--a cloven hoof! Then the awfulness of the compact I had made came to my mind with terrible force ..." - Frederick Manley, "The Ghost of the Cross-Roads"

"By the fireplace there was a large hideous pool of blood soaking into the carpet, and leaving ghastly stains around. I am not ashamed to confess that my brain reeled; the mysterious horror overcame me ..." - Lillie Harris, "19, Great Hanover Street"


"A fearful white face comes to me; a horrible mask, with features drawn as in agony--ghastly, pale, hideous! Death or approaching death, violent death, written in every line. Every feature distorted. Eyes starting from the head. Thin lips moving and working--lips that are cursing, although I hear no sound." - Hugh Conway, "A Dead Man's Face"



Happy Krampusnacht #Creepmas



"Who’s Krampus, you ask? He’s the half-man, half-goat who comes around every year to chase naughty children and maybe even drag them to hell. European versions of St. Nicholas have long had scary counterparts like Belsnickle and Knecht Ruprecht who dole out punishment. Krampus is one such character who comes from folklore in Austria’s Alpine region, where he’s been frightening children and amusing adults for hundreds of years." ~ History.com


"December 5 is Krampusnacht, when Krampus reigns. In the real world, people might attend Krampus balls, or young men from the local Krampusgruppe might don carved wooden masks, cowbells, chains, and elaborate costumes to run through town in a Krampuslauf (Krampus run), frightening and sometimes beating bystanders. According to legend, Krampus will spend the night visiting each house. He might leave bundles of sticks for bad children—or he might just hit them with the sticks instead. He might toss them into a sack or basket on his back and then throw it in a stream, or he might straight-up take them to hell.The next day, though, is Nikolastaug, St. Nicholas' Day—the same St. Nicholas whose Dutch name, Sinterklass, evolved into “Santa Claus.” In other words, it’s time for presents for all the little girls and boys … that is, all the ones who haven’t already been beaten, damned, or drowned." ~MentalFloss.com


Krampusnacht is "a holiday that feels a lot more like Halloween than Christmas. On Krampusnacht, December 5th, men dressed as Krampus drink a bunch of alcohol, run through the streets, and frighten children. Often, they chase delinquent children around and hit them with sticks." ~ HistoryThings.com


"Now, it seems that Krampus has taken on a life of his own–there are Krampus cards and ornaments, books and graphic novels, and even a feature film. Krampus has actually become a pop culture mainstay, which is a bit odd, if you think about it. He can be seen in a G4 commercial, appearing in the night to shove Christmas carolers out of his way, and has shown up in episodes of Scooby Doo, American Housewife, and Lost Girl. In a third-season episode of Supernatural, Sam and Dean encounter the Krampus but later learn he's not real, and the character they're dealing with is really a Pagan god. In print, Gerald Brom's novel Krampus: The Yule Lord takes place in the mountains of West Virginia, and the CarnEvil video game includes Krampus as one of the bosses." ~ LearnReligions.com


Want to learn more about Krampus? 

Looking for Krampus items? 
Visit my curated Krampus Amazon Store.

If you're in the Detroit area check out Krampus Night 9 


Friday December 6 
7 PM – 2 AM
715 E Milwaukee 
Detroit, Michigan 48202

You better watch out! On Friday December 6th 2019, Krampus is coming back to Detroit with his 9th annual festive charity event:

𝐊𝐑𝐀𝐌𝐏𝐔𝐒 𝐍𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓 - 𝐀 𝐇𝐎𝐋𝐈𝐃𝐀𝐘-𝐈𝐒𝐇 𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐄𝐗𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐕𝐀𝐆𝐀𝐍𝐙𝐀

JUST LOOK AT THE FESTIVITIES!!!

* 𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙢𝙖𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙠𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙯𝙖 𝙑𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙩𝙮 𝙎𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙎𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙖𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙧 - Barely rehearsed skits, bad lip synching & unfortunately more featuring Satori Circus, Lushes Lamoan, Loulou L. Roxy, Kitty Paige and Scott Dambacher with special guest Konrad Lee, Lounge singer Extraordinaire!  This year's production...A CHRISTMAS CAROL?

* 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙠 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙃𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙨 𝙀𝙭𝙝𝙞𝙗𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 - Festive-ish Film Shorts, KRAP Crafts & Decor

* 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙉𝙖𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙮 𝙇𝙞𝙨𝙩 𝘽𝙖𝙯𝙖𝙖𝙧 - Kramptastic local art gifts for the naughty on your list

* 𝘽𝙖𝙙 𝙂𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙃𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙚𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 - This ain't yo momma's bake-off!

* 𝙁𝙪𝙜𝙡𝙮 𝙃𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙎𝙬𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙨𝙩 - Show off your fugliest sweater catastrophes for prizes

* 𝙉𝙤𝙩-𝙎𝙤-𝙎𝙞𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙁𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝘼𝙧𝙩 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝘼𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 - Bid loudly against your friends on donated DAMNED art 

And new for 2019 straight from the Detroit Krampusnacht Parade 2019, the first annual 𝙆𝙍𝘼𝙈𝙋𝙐𝙎 𝘾𝙊𝙎𝙏𝙐𝙈𝙀 𝘾𝙊𝙉𝙏𝙀𝙎𝙏 with big cash prizes!

Also...some yummy hot food, full boozy bar, swanky holiday lounge music and demented decor by the Krampus Recrafting Antidecoration Party (KRAP)! (event for this coming soon)


MOST IMPORTANT!!!  Krampus Night is a toy and canned food drive for needy kids and the homeless!  Bring in some new toys or cans of food and get in on the cheap (and some good feels)!  All toy donations are taken directly to a TOYS FOR TOTS center to benefit less fortunate children during the holidays and all canned donations go to Burners without Borders Detroit to help feed the homeless.

And this year they've added a Krampus Parade



The mythical holiday beast is getting ready to prowl the dark streets of Detroit...lurking through a neighborhood near you...

With large curling horns protruding from his head, displaying the half-goat, half-demon creature that is Krampus.

Krampus leaves his lair on the night of Friday December 6th 2019 and will follow old St Nick toward the festivities of the evening.  To balance Nicks treatment of the naughty boys and girls perhaps?  While St. Nick is giving out candy, be careful because Krampus is known to beat children who misbehave or to stuff them into his sack for a later snack. 

The Krampus spirit has been in Detroit for the last 9 years with the annual Krampus Night 9 - A Holiday-ish Charity Extravaganza! that features a badly rehearsed holiday-ish variety show, festive-ish film shorts, the Naughty List Bazaar, bad gingerbread house competition, fugly sweater contest and, most importantly, a charity toy and food card drive for Toys For Tots and Burners Without Borders Detroit.  And added this year, a parade!

Who will be in the Krampusnacht Parade?  YOU!  We are inviting Krampuses, Perchten and all creatures alike to join us as we revel in the streets!  And to top things off, we are hosting a Krampus Costume Contest (details further below).  However, you do not need to participate in the contest to join the revelry.

The parade start location is 715 E Milwaukee Street in Detroit and begins at 7pm, ending around 9pm.  It is free to participate, watch and enjoy.

For creature/parade signup: krampusnachtdetroit.com/signup


For details on the Detroit Krampusnacht Parade, visit: KrampusnachtDetroit.com





Christmas Horror Anthologies #Creepmas



After reading Hark! The Herald Angels Scream I went in search of other Christmas horror anthologies. These are what I found. I have not read them yet but I added them to my Amazon wish list.




The 12 Terrors of Christmas: A Christmas Horror Anthology  

Award-winning author Claudette Melanson offers eleven new and original stories to make your skin crawl at any time of the year. This horror anthology also includes an original short by Amazon International Best-Selling Author, Lynn Lamb, titled "Bring Me Flesh and Bring Me Wine." A special bonus story is also included by Melanson, "Mislead," previously published only on the Halloweenpalooza blog. Grab a cup of cocoa and make sure the windows and doors are locked tight as you settle in by the fire to enjoy these tales of terror, but be warned...locks have never succeeded at keeping Santa from gaining entry. If you enjoy a slice of horror with your holiday cheer, this collection of Christmas horror shorts will satisfy all your dark cravings during the holidays...and beyond.

Terror One: Who is Santa really? Does something sinister lurk beneath the red suit and apple-cheeked visage? More importantly, what does Santa want for Christmas?

Terror Two: It is said that every wish bears a cost...even a wish of good intent. What do Detective Talbot and his son, Mallory, stand to lose when the pair seek to right a wrong on Christmas Eve?

Terror Three: Christmas can be a time for great joy...but also for heart-wrenching regret. Can the magic of Christmas Eve turn back the clock before time runs out for Morana and her family?

Terror Four: Snow falls white and clean, seeming to purify the small town of Moon, Pennsylvania, but the woods behind Vaughn's home have taken on a sinister cast. The snow keeps falling in record-breaking depths, but does evil lay hidden beneath its seemingly-innocent luster?

Terror Five: As his elves scurry to fill the toy orders for the busy season, unknown terror creeps toward the workshop intent on releasing an evil meant to cancel Santa's yearly deliveries forever.

Terror Six: A well-meaning elf casts a spell which could inadvertently reveal the dark truth about Santa's workshop and its inhabitants. The world's children may end up paying a terrifying price, proving that the path of good intention oftentimes does indeed lead to hell.

Terror Seven: A scary twist on a classic Christmas poem

Terror Eight: Santa's sleigh plummets to the ground, tearing all hope of a merry Christmas to bits and pieces. Will the elves be able to employ enough magic to stitch together some sort of solution? Or will their efforts only deliver greater horror and loss?

Terror Nine: Trinette is preparing to celebrate her first Christmas in love. Her boyfriend says he found the perfect gift for her, but beneath the shiny red paper and ribbon lies a secret he's kept hidden during all the months of their courtship...

Terror Ten: The world's population explosion means business is booming at Santa's workshop, with the need to expand making a difficult excavation below the permafrost necessary. But the elves should use caution lest they dig up an evil best left buried.

Terror Eleven: A special holiday treat for Maura DeLuca fans! Riptide ended on a happy note, but how did Maura's extended family celebrate Christmas? Could it be that the holiday didn't quite play out the way the vampires planned?

Terror Twelve: It's a dangerous time to call oneself a non-believer. Those who scoff at Santa's existence are melting all over the world. But could the benevolent head elf turn out to be the murderer?


Vampires, ghosts, demons, elves, werewolves, serial killers and a rampaging Krampus are just a few of the monsters creeping amongst the pages of The 12 Terrors of Christmas. Are you brave enough to venture inside to experience the flip side of the typical Hallmark-themed Christmas?





Eerie Christmas 

Christmas tales of darkness and horror to fill your stockings this holiday season. What horrors lie in wait on this special night? What macabre monstrosities might manifest? What evil lurks in every rooftop display?

Terrifying Christmas tales never told before.

The Carolers by A.L. King
Christmas Hack by Alice Lam
Last Christmas by C.L. Williams
A Carol by Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer
Flashing Christmas Lights by Charlotte O'Farrell
Christmas Forest by Cindar Harrell
Advent by Cindy O'Quinn
Merry Christmas, Mummy by D.M. Burdett
Adeste Fideles by David Bowmore
The Fire Before Christmas by Dawn DeBraal
O Christmas Tree by Derek Dunn
Coming to Town by Eddie D. Moore
Next Christmas Eve by G. Allen Wilbanks
One Santa, Two Santas by Gabriella Balcom
A Very Naughty Boy by Hari Navarro
It's That Time of Year by Helen Power
Have Yourself A Happy Little Deathwish by J.B. Wocoski
Deep in the Grotto by Jason Holden
A Bequest to the December Saint by Jefferson Retallack
The Wish by Joel R. Hunt
No Comfort and Joy by Kelly A. Harmon
Ghoul Crematorium by Mark Mackey
Sins of the Snow by Matthew M. Montelione
North Pole by Michael Balletti
A Thoughtful Gift by Michael D. Davis
I'll be Home by N.M. Brown
Bloody Red Tinsel by Neen Cohen
The Tree of Souls by Nerisha Kemraj
Silent Night by Nicole Little
The Perfect Gift by Paula R.C. Readman
Sins & Needles by Peter J. Foote
Foreword by Raven Corinn Carluk
Rudolph the Avenger by S. Gepp
Eat the Damn Candy Cane by Sam M. Phillips
All I Haunt for Christmas by Shawn M. Klimek
The Greatest Gift of All by Shelly Jarvis
Weihnachten by Stephen Herczeg
Going For the Gold by Stuart Conover
Holly Day's Last Christmas by Sue Marie St. Lee
The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Terri A. Arnold
Dear Santa by Terry Miller
Beelzebub by Umair Mirxa
The Good List by Wondra Vanian
Just Another Dead Dolly by Zoey Xolton


Horror Stories to Ruin Christmas: Serenity Falls Forever 

Why isn't one murder enough?

The first day of Christmas was when the town started to fall apart.
The second day of Christmas was when people started to die.

By the thirteenth day of Christmas, it was too late to go back.

Or was it?

Twenty-six authors combined their talents to tell the horrifying story of Serenity Falls, Wisconsin. Piece by piece, the unsettling truth is revealed, culminating in a dark secret far bigger than any single writer’s imagination. Hope and despair are doled out in unequal measures as the town’s citizens struggle to discover the painful truth.

One day at a time.

Christmas Horror Review - Hark! The Herald Angels Scream #Creepmas #ScaryChristmas


Hark! The Herald Angels Scream 

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor

Release Date: October 23, 2018

ISBN-10: 0525433163
ISBN-13: 978-0525433163

Book Description:

Eighteen stories of Christmas horror from bestselling, acclaimed authors including Scott Smith, Seanan McGuire, Josh Malerman, Michael Koryta, Sarah Pinborough, and many more.

That there is darkness at the heart of the Yuletide season should not surprise. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is filled with scenes that are unsettling. Marley untying the bandage that holds his jaws together. The hideous children--Want and Ignorance--beneath the robe of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. The heavy ledgers Marley drags by his chains. In the finest versions of this story, the best parts are the terrifying parts.


Bestselling author and editor Christopher Golden shares his love for Christmas horror stories with this anthology of all-new short fiction from some of the most talented and original writers of horror today.


My Review

Somehow I missed this one last year when I was searching for scary Christmas stories.

I'm so glad I found it this year. I recognized several author names including Seanan McGuire, Kelley Armstrong, and Jonathan Mayberry so those were the stories I read first. Kelley Armstrong opens the book with Absinthe and Angels. I was completely creeped out.

If you're looking for creepy Christmas tales to unsettle your soul and fill you with a sense of unease you have found the right collection.

Twisted tales, ghost stories, creatures from myth and legend...it's all here- each with a Christmas theme. Read a story every night leading up to Christmas. Make scary stories your new holiday tradition. 

This is one of the better Christmas horror collections I've read. If you enjoy horror I highly recommend this one.




Creepy Christmas Santa Skulls #Creepmas

On the second day of Creepmas I bring to you...Santa Skulls!

I love making Santa skulls and Santa skeletons. 

I hand make many of the items, others I just embellish with handmade clay Santa hats.

This is how I Christmasfy my Halloween decor. 

I haven't had a chance to make many this year but I do have a few available in my Etsy store.












My Review of A Christmas Tarot: Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future Cards #ghostsofchristmas #ChristmasTarotCards #Creepmas

On the first day of Creepmas I give to you....a review of a creepy Christmas Tarot Card set.



A Christmas Tarot: Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future Cards
by Dinah Roseberry (Author), Christine "Kesara" Dennett (Illustrator)

Description:


For those who love the holiday classic A Christmas Carol, embark on a journey of discovery through this Dickens-inspired 22-card Majors-only Tarot deck. 

Visit with interesting ghosts of the season—or any time of year—and connect to the spirit and magic that dwells in all our souls at Christmastime. 


Look inside these curious and fashionable images to interpret your life path and make the best decisions, receive guidance from Christmas Angels, and determine your past, present, and future through this simple and effective divination tool. Keywords on the cards allow for quick intuitive thinking while viewing situations that reflect daily life. 


Discover a special channeled Christmas angel message for each card you choose, and learn about Christmas traditions shown on the cards. Whether a beginner or advanced reader, you will be able to navigate the paths of self-discovery through these personal Christmas Tarot interpretations.








My Review

These are not at all what I was expecting. 

I was hoping for Victorian styled Christmas images with spooky ghosts. 


What I got is a mishmash of illustrations, photos, and added ghostly illustration that often seem like an afterthought. Nothing really fits together. 


However the overall effect is creepy AF. The disjointed imagery really adds a spooky edge to the readings.


I usually choose cards based on their beautiful artwork. However I chose these for the novelty of them being the ghosts of Christmas. 


I love my Christmas with a slight creep factor. And these cards supply a heavy dose creep. 


Too bad most people will be turned off by the creepiness. I know many think of Charles Dickens and the Disneyfied version of  A Christmas Carol which tones down the darkness, the ghosts, and the chill of winter's deadly touch. 


These cards embody that cold, dark, spirit in an odd way. Blending the darkness with everyday images creating a weird Christmas themed memento mori.


If you love the spookier side of Christmas- like an old fashioned Victorian Christmas full of ghosts stories and you love Tarot cards then check out A Christmas Tarot.


These ghostly Major Arcana cards are full of spooky Christmas images that will put you in the right frame of mind to deal with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.



The suggested reading is a 3 card spread representing your past, present, and future. There are other spreads available in the back of the booklet that is included with the cards.

I started with the basic past, present, future spread to get a feel for the cards.


For my first reading I received Star, Sun and Judgment Cards. The Star representing in my past - "I came, I saw, I conquered." In many ways that is true I associate that with my past accomplishments and my ability to survive and thrive despite all the obstacles and BS thrown at me. 

My present life is The Sun. I am basking in the glow of my accomplishments. It is my time to shine and I should do so. I feel that represents my success with my book Haunted Flint and my writing career.

My future is Judgment. With the current situations in my life, Judgment is front and center and I just have to wait and see what the outcomes will be.

So far, the cards have been pretty spot on.


My second reading I pulled Strength, Judgment and the World.

The Strength card represents telepathy and being "in tune" especially having a connection with animals. Perfect card for the woman with five cats and a turtle.

Judgment again, this time in my present. Again very fitting for what's going on in my life right now.

In my future is The World which represents that I will learn the lessons life has thrown my way and pass with flying colors. That's a good sign. I'll take it.

So even though the cards are a bit odd visually they tell me things that are very accurate. I feel an odd connection with them I wasn't expecting. It helped when my husband picked them up and said, "I ain't gonna lie, these are more than a bit creepy. I'm kinda freaked out by them and will probably have nightmares." LOL. Yes, I'm married to scaredy cat.  Yet he's the guy that sees all the ghosts in our house. Hmm...