Many of you may already know that in earlier times, Christmas in Canada (and Europe) was, believe it or not, a time for ghost stories...
Halloween, as we now know it, was not celebrated as is now customary in North America until the early 1930's... and with human nature needing a time to share things that are a touch more "spooky" for various reasons, it was Christmas that was the season to sit with the family by candle light during long winter nights and tell ghostly tales.
In fact, although many people point to Charles Dicken's classic tale of ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future (not to leave out poor Jacob Marley!) he was only a voice in a choir of Christmas time ghostly literature. Period Victorian and Edwardian books show us that many authors turned to ghostly lore 'round the tree and gifts... a custom that lives on in some circles today with the BBC often running televised versions of MR James' tales and like stories on the day... and even Canada has a more modern claim with the late Robertson Davies taking on the Christmas ghost tale mantel when he'd tell his traditional (and annual) ghost stories at University of Toronto's Massey College during the Christmas parties... He wrote eighteen in all for those events.
Since we're now into that holiday season with Christmas time in the air, it seems appropriate to post up a quick note to say special thanks to everyone that has made this one of PSICAN's best years ever... most important of all is you.
Without the readers and visitors to our sites, we wouldn't be here... and we've been very happy to have you all visit and especially those who've taken the time to write to us with their experiences and sightings.
We also say thank you to those who have joined in on our Facebook group
and our message board
who added to the conversations and debates about the paranormal and aided in our overall understanding of the many topics we cover.
We'd be remiss if we also didn't tip our hats to those of you who've assisted us in keeping the sites alive with gifts through PayPal
and whatnot that have kept our servers humming over the last twelve months! Since we're completely non-profit and don't offer tours or "for profit" entertainment based events, it's those donations that really help push us along in our endeavours to be a free agnostic, neutral, and educational source for those interested in these subjects.
A SPECTACULAR thanks to our team, friends, consultants, and colleagues!
Over the years, PSICAN and it's related sites and groups have made many friends and we're thrilled to say that we're very much looking forward to continuing for the future months and years to grow, expand, and continue our efforts.
With this in mind, allow us to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Solstice, Happy Holidays, and the Happiest of New Years... and we look forward to bringing you new reports, notes, thoughts, and news in 2014!