It’s the most wonderful tiiiime of the year…. There’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glory of Christmases long, long agooooo….
I’ve never understood the “scary ghost story + Christmas” bit in that song… til I read about the BBC’s series, “A Ghost Story for Christmas” (1971-78), which I ran across while researching the beloved Krampus for a performance (but that’s another story).
There’s not much to find by randomly searching youtube (or the hundred-odd, dependably confusing and US-incompatible BBC sites, for that matter)… unless you have the key. I found what looks to be a fan site, replete with all 8 episodes’ info. So enjoy searching the youtube for these creepy olde stories! (Also, check BBC Four and BBC Radio 7 for ghostly video and readings, respectively, though it seems like you’ll have to hand-search the latter for the episodes).
AUNT JOHN SEZ: Ballpeen, you weren’t kidding when you said the clips were hard to find. Here’s a clip from THE ICE HOUSE, but out of context it’s neither Christmas-y nor scary. So instead, let’s gather round and listen to this yuletide yarn from The Fall‘s MARK E. SMITH.