Thoughts & Facts
Christmas is one of the biggest celebrations for the people belonging to the Christian faith. Nevertheless, it would be incorrect to assume that it is only celebrated among the followers of Christ. In fact, many non-Christians participate in the festivities because they recognize that the spirit of faith, hope, peace, and charity, which the season broadly represents, are things that the world could use a little more of. To share this message - caroling, gift-giving, gathering and feasting with friends and family all are celebration mainstays that add to the magic of the holiday season.
At such times, it is not unusual to find parties and get-togethers that enlist the use of specialty entertainment to help bring people together, as well as to reinforce the good times, mystery and wonderment that the season provides. Indeed, all of these ingredients, when combined, can create that special Christmas atmosphere.
However, it should be noted that Christmas itself is not something everyone celebrates in the same way. A simple look at the song "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" reveals the line "There'll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago." To some, this line seems out of context with the season, but it should not, as many people look to it as a time to remember all of those who have passed on as well as a time of reflection of ones personal past thoughts and actions as a way of repentance, contemplation and growth. If truth be told, this idea is the basis of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".
It would also be well to note that in Victorian times many Christmas activities were more akin to that of Halloween celebrations than what is generally imagined. It was not unusual back then that Christmas parties were capped off with the telling of ghost stories and the holding of sťances. Moreover, this tradition is still popular in some areas of Europe, as these activities offer the group the chance to reconnect to the past while contemplating the future.
In many circles within the United States, these activities are being re-discovered. The ones who are re-instituting this activity for themselves and their party-goers claim it brings with it a balance that most typical Christmas celebrations are lacking and that is a chance to reflect on the past, counting the blessings one has.
Along with entertainment more widely accepted by today's standards as being appropriate to the season, William Corey also offers modern-day audiences a chance to experience the "darker" entertainments of "Christmases long, long ago".