I decided that this year I’m going to attempt to take part in the 13 Days of Creepmas!
Creepmas is an online retaliation against the ever growing tradition of Christmas encroaching on the rest of the year, overshadowing the best holiday of the year, Halloween. In order to bring more creep to the season, Halloween and horror lovers are taking the first 13 days of December to celebrate Christmas our way, the Jack Skellington way.
In ancient times, before central heating and processed food, winter* was considered the dark half of the year, and not just because the days were shorter. Even if you had a good harvest and stored enough food to get you through the barren season, the low temperatures still loomed outside, threatening to get in. People spent the season urging the sun to return and looking for warmth wherever they could.
In modern times, the vast majority of us no longer have much of a reason to fear winter, and, while I’m not complaining too much (gotta love central heating), bringing fear and darkness back into the Christmas season appeals not just to my inner weird goth kid, but my love of history and ancient religions as well.
I’m so excited to take part in bringing a bit of dark back into the dark half of the year. Keep an eye on this space and join me in celebrating Christmas the creepy way.
*This was when the year was still split into only two seasons: summer and winter. Not too different from modern day Texas, now that I think about it.