12 Bloody Days of Christmas: Day 4 ‘Twisted Yuletide Tales’

Emotions during the holidays range from jolly to joyful, zappy to zingy. It’s hard to imagine Rudolph and company being associated with terror, mayhem or horror. But don’t be fooled, even amidst the Christmas cheer there are several terrifying stories to charm our tainted souls, the kind of stories that keep us awake at night- and it’s not because Santa landed on the roof, either. On the fourth day of Christmas, Bloody-Disgusting gave to me-”Twisted Yuletide Tales.”

Day 1: Creepy Christmas Traditions
Day 2: Christmas Characters Gone Wrong
Day 3: Horrifying Holiday Decorations
Day 4: Twisted Yuletide Tales
Day 5: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Day 6: Creepy Christmas Movies
Day 7: Terrifying Toys
Day 8: Top 10 Potential Holiday Weapons
Day 9: Horror’s New Year’s Resolutions
Day 10: Top Picks for the New Year
Day 11: Ghosts of Christmas
Day 12: Happy Horror Holidays

Day 4: Twisted Yuletide Tales
Just about every Christmas story out there comes from legend. Santa, derived from folklore and symbolized by Coca-Cola, is only the beginning. Frosty got his legs from a song, while elves come from Germany. But there are plenty of contorted narratives to send chills down your spine. Goes to prove that Halloween isn’t the only holiday reserved for fear.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

The classic paranormal story is the best and most well-known twisted Christmas tale out there. After years of pushing away those around him, Ebenezer Scrooge is finally tested by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. There are thousands of versions, each with their own special kick, but one fact never changes- one of the most well known holiday analects is, in fact, supernatural.

JERRY BUNDLER

When a group of travelers got together at The Boar’s Head Inn, mixing beers with ghost stories probably wasn’t the best idea. In the short story by W.W. Jacobs, which later became a stage play, the travelers learn of the ghost of Jerry Bundler, a London thief who had, according to legend, met his end in one of the inn’s very own bedrooms some eighty Christmases prior. Without revealing the room where Bundler had, according to legend, died- the travelers soon learn there was a horrifying price to be paid.

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

I’m not trying to be cynical or funny- but the movie It’s a Wonderful Life really is an odyssey of terror. George Bailey, our main guy, faces an intervention from his guardian angel when, on Christmas Eve, he contemplates suicide. He may not be evil and saucy like Ebenezer, but the message stays the same- behave yourself or someone will kidnap you and take you on a journey through your life. And it won’t be fun, either- it will be creepy. And kind of depressing.

RUDOLF THE RED NOSE REINDEER

Though the song may be aggravating, and I always hated being the kid who chimed in LIKE A REINDEER for the hell of it, it’s the movie that’s absolutely frightening. Between the Abominable Snowman, the creepy guy with the dogs, and the Island of Misfit Toys, it’s a wonder this movie didn’t receive some weird rating from the MPAA. But, I have to admit, my fiancée and I watch it every year- and I wouldn’t trade that toothless snowman for any other crazed Christmas creature in the world.

This is only a handful of more familiar Christmas stories. There are thousands of personal accounts of paranormal activity and horror, not to mention hundreds of short stories and fictional adaptations of unearthly happenings. Fear is universal- and Christmas is no stranger to the jitters.

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