Christmas Connection with the Dead

Christmas Connection with the Dead

Many limit the Christmas connection with the dead as merely something from the imagination of Charles Dickens. As Scrooge is haunted by Marley he encounters many of the dead from his family and youth – and that has a huge connection to all that was sacred to those who celebrated the ancient Christmas. Halloween in many parts of the world is actually a celebration of two or three days. There is All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween), Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and Dia de los Santos (Day of the Saints). Some Christians mistaken these days as a scaryRead more

Great Debates: Is Nightmare Before Christmas a Christmas Movie?

Great Debates: Is Nightmare Before Christmas a Christmas Movie?

It is one of those Christmas debates that just did not exist a generation ago: is the 1993 stop motion animated classic Nightmare Before Christmas a Christmas movie…or a Halloween movie? The clever movie does little to settle the question by itself. The movie tells the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. In that role, Jack organizes Halloween year after year to the great delight of the residents who just love the holiday of Halloween. But one year Jack tires of the routine and while on a walk in the woods he slips into a portalRead more

The Connection Between Halloween and Christmas

The Connection Between Halloween and Christmas

By B. Francis Morlan Imagine this: holiday celebrants by the hundreds take to the streets wearing all manner of costumes and masks, going door to door seeking treats in a yearly ritual of fun and frivolity. Halloween, right? Nope — it’s Christmas. The ancient art of “mumming” dates back to before Christ and is eerily described these days in the fashion of Halloween: bands of neighbors and friends going door to door in disguise seeking treats or money in exchange for casting out devils or evil spirits that might bring bad luck to a household. Anciently this custom was associatedRead more