22
Dec
13

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

There’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago…

We’ve all hummed along or sung along with this classic Christmas Carol, dating to 1963, but most of us never really think about what ghost stories are doing in a Christmas Carol!

In reality, during Victorian times, telling ghost stories around the fire after Christmas Eve dinner was quite the norm. Just as normal as us nowadays hanging our stockings and putting out milk and cookies for Santa.

There are a lot of interesting evolutions of Christmas traditions, but this one certainly seems out of place. Apparantly, there is a connection to the Winter Solstice, as there is with many of our traditions; Yule Log, evergreens and gift giving to name a few.

Of course, “A Christmas Carol”, by Charles Dickens, involves the visitations of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, on Christmas Eve. A great story for re-telling!

I, for one, think this is a tradition that should be brought back to the forefront! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

A great blog with lots of information on this topic can be found here http://www.hypnogoria.com/html/ghoststoriesforchristmas.html

18
Nov
13

National Occult Day

Today, November 18, 2013, is supposed to be acknowledged as “National Occult Day”.

Occult is defined as the study of what is hidden. In Latin the word, occultus means clandestine or secret. Arcane or esoteric are often used interchangeably with occult. It really has nothing to do with the paranormal, other than much of the paranormal world is hidden to us.

We don’t hear or use the word occult as much as in past times, though I do belive most people believe that it has to do with the paranormal world, telepathy, spiritualism, astrology, etc.

Why do we need a “National Occult Day”? I suppose the same reason we need National Pancake Day or National Star Gazing Day – people involved in a hobby or a group want to promote it!

There’s much on the web and in libraries to consider regarding the history of the occult; I encourage you to read up on the many differnt meanings and usages of the word and decide for yourself. I am currently reading a book dating to 1964, “Exploring the Occult” by Douglas Hunt.

I am finding in studying the paranormal and all related, that the age of books and information does not detract at all from the research!

Enjoy your day, no matter what it’s called!

30
Oct
13

Halloween Favorites

Halloween has always been a special time for me. Of course, it’s the favorite holiday of all kiddos, but my birthday happens to fall near Halloween, so it was double fun for me!

My birthday parties tended to be Halloween themed and it was such fun to have everyone in costume and all the decorations around the house. We had a huge yard with many trees, so jumping in piles of leaves was often incorporated into the party!

Because of my birthday and due to the fact of living in a rural area, trick-or-treating was minimal – what there was, was done by car, going just to relatives homes and visiting a bit, not just getting a treat and heading out. This was sometimes the only time I’d see some of my distant relatives other than at church and it was a nice tradition.

Of course, as I got older things changed and I’d go out with friends for group trick-or-treating, and then comes that sad day when you’re too old to go.

That doesn’t mean you’re too old for Halloween, though! I have attended many adult Halloween parties and also had lots of fun helping my children with their Halloween costumes and plans. Now I have grandchildren, so the fun never ends!

My favorite costume as a child was a clown. As an adult, I’ve been Red Riding Hood (!), a housewife with curlers and cold cream, a pirate, and the best – a Tacky Tourist, complete with fanny pack, camera, binoculars, and crazy mix matched clothes.

Last year I shared my favorite story with you, Tippity Witchet. I look forward to reading it again tomorrow!

My favorite Halloween treat was always homemade popcorn balls – yum!

What are some of your favorite memories, traditions, treats or costumes?

Enjoy the day!

15
Oct
13

Quote of the Day (but not every day)

“The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.” ~ Stephen King, Bag of Bones 

26
Sep
13

Benefit Tours

“Getting Away Together,” a PBS travel show, is coming to Boothbay Harbor to film an episode this coming week! Everyone in town is so excited about promoting this special spot!

To help raise needed funds, I’m offering 2 Benefit Tours, one on September 30 and one on October 14. All proceeds from these tours will go toward the fund to bring the Emmy winning producer and his crew to town.

This is your perfect chance to stop putting off joining us on a Red Cloak Haunted History Tour! Boothbay Harbor is just beautiful and of course, very haunted! It’s reported to have the most haunted building in Maine… maybe we’ll see a ghost, but you’ll learn some interesting history as well!

We’ll be offering our Boothbay Cemetery Tours as well, on both of these dates. Information for making reservations in on the website, www.redcloakhauntedhistorytours.com

21
Sep
13

True or False?

Here’s a link I thought some of you might find interesting… I haven’t read them all yet!

http://ghostsnghouls.com/true-ghost-stories/

03
Sep
13

quote of the day (but not every day)

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” ~
George Bernard Shaw

 




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