It's now that time of the year where Halloween and Bonfire's are over and done with so the next holiday is Christmas. With families gathering around the fire, telling stories about their year, giving love and sending joyous cheers for the next year to start. But as much as that all sounds lovely, there's no thrill, no horror, no danger. 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. Based in folklore and the supernatural, it was a tradition the Puritans frowned on, so it never gained much traction in America. Washington Irving helped resurrect a number of forgotten Christmas traditions in the early 19th century, but it really was Dickens who popularized the notion of telling ghost stories on Christmas Eve.The Christmas issues of the magazines he edited, Household Words and (after 1859) All the Year Round, regularly included ghost stories—not just A Christmas Carol but also works like The Chimes and The Haunted Man, both of which also feature an unhappy man who changes his ways after visitation by a ghost. Dickens’ publications, which were not just winter-themed but explicitly linked to Christmas, helped forge a bond between the holiday and ghost stories. But does telling ghost stories put a damper on the whole thing of love, family and happiness? Or would it make it much more exciting for you? I personally feel like it'd be a fun activity to do with the family. I'd also probably manipulate the setting by flicking on lights and that to give my old mum a bit of a fright... Is that awful? Anyways, let us know what you think!
The legend of The Devil The Jersey Devil one of North Americas most notorious cryptids which is said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey. The creature is often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many variations. The common description is that of a kangaroo-like or wyvern-like creature with the head of a goat, leathery bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves and a forked tail. It has been reported to move quickly and often is described as emitting a "blood-curdling scream" The story behind the Jersey Devil starts in 1735 when a Pine Barrens resident named Jane Leeds or Mother Leeds. The legend states that Mother Leeds had twelve children and, after finding she was pregnant for the thirteenth time, cursed the child in frustration, crying that the child would be the Devil! As lore would have it the child was born with the appearance of a devil! After being born the child scream several times and then flew up and out through the chimney, and thus the legend of the Jersey Devil was born! Ever since then it is said to haunt the pine barrens or New Jersey. For centuries the Jersey Devil has been spotted around the New Jersey areas with countless recorded sightings. One of the most famous sightings was that of Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother in 1820. However, there has been a lot more sightings of the Cryptid throughout history. One of the strangest cases surrounding the creature was in 1909. When strange tracks were found going through people’s gardens, leading up to people’s property and even on the roofs of people’s houses. This triggered panic in local residents and sightings of the Jersey Devil seem to grow! Strangely when police investigated the case the sniffer dogs refused to pick up the scent of the tracks. People began to keep their children at home and people even refused to go to work, With countless eyewitness accounts of the creature from residents and even the local authorities could a creature like the Jersey Devil really be real?What are your thoughts?