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Naperville Hauntings Christmas Ghost Tours

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In England, Halloween is a time for witches, vampires, werewolves and devils… but not ghosts. Instead, Brits believe that ghosts and ghost stories are far more appropriate for the Christmas holidays than at Halloween.  Why?

The answer can be found in the tradition of Yuletide ghost stories, with the majority of them written and published by Charles Dickens.  Stories such as A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain; and The Haunted House.

Reading these classic Victorian tales inspire feelings of light, joy, warmth, hope, and good cheer…but Dickens starkly contrasts them with vivid images of darkness, death, isolation and hopelessness.  Dickens knew that Christmas—more than any other time of year—is a time of mystery, miracles and the supernatural.  And that, for many, there is no lonelier time in all the year than at Christmas.  His tales of spectral visitations remind us that we are each haunted by our personal ghosts of depression, sorrow and dread—ghosts whose tragic stories express within us the unspoken, heartfelt wish to forgive and be forgiven; to remember and be remembered by the ones we love.  And best of all, Christmas ghost stories assure us of the saving grace given to those who make those humble wishes come true.  I hope that you and your family will revive the poignant and powerful Victorian England tradition of telling classic holiday ghost stories on Christmas Eve night…and allow their icy touch to bring a warm holiday glow into all your hearts.

Naperville Ghost Tour Guide and Author, Diane Ladley
Meet the woman who wrote the book on Naperville's haunted history, awaerd-winning storyteller, Diane Ladley
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