Halloween does not have to end on November 1!
Most folks don't realize it, but there once was a very defined tradition of telling ghost stories during Christmas, where people would gather 'round the table or by the warmth of the hearth fire during the dark Yule nights and share these tales with one another.
One very well-known example would be Charles Dickens's 'A Christmas Carole,' where the tight-fisted, curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by several ghosts (one from the past, one from the future, and one from the present) who show him the error of his miserly ways.
There are cultures across the globe whose Yuletide season is not all pure sweetness and jollity. Witness the Bavarian legend of Krampus, a rather devilish fellow who is the darker counterpart to kindly old Saint Nicholas. Whereas St. Nick gives good children their gifts, for those who have been naughty, a more heinous fate awaits as it's Krampus they must deal with (he first whips them with a switch and then puts them in a woven basket to cart them away to await further punishment).
Sadly, most of these off-color traditions seem to have largely faded away... but we want to bring it back!
Do you like to create Christmas in a spooky Halloween way? We are looking for your best sculptures, paintings, stitchings, jewelry that reflect the holiday.
Ghosties, Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) grinning skulls, restless spirits of all kinds, leftover Jack O'lanterns decaying in the field, haunts and haints, snowmen that are not so jolly, even rabid reindeer! ... these are all but a few of the things that come to mind when we think of a scary Christmas.
If you would like to participate and be included in "A Very Scary Christmas," our upcoming Yuletide holiday issue of Autumn Brilliance, let us know by sending samples (good quality photos) of your creepy Christmas-styled artistic creations to our email address (AB_magazine@yahoo.com) no later than October 30th, 2020.
If chosen, we will contact you and send you a mini-interview to complete to be included in your layout.
Looking forward to seeing what you can conjure up for the ghoulish Yuletide season! Ho-ho-HORROR!!!