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A bit of cool Christmas trivia…

Ghost of Christmas Present

I’ve always enjoyed getting to the root of Christmas traditions, and seeing how they were shaped over time.

Here’s an interesting thing I recently learned (and thought was cool enough to share).

Charles Dickens’ description of the Ghost of Christmas Present wasn’t just a random characterization. It was actually a representation of the English “Father Christmas,” who himself was patterned after a variety of mythical characters, including, most notably, Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and revelry.


You’ll notice from the depictions here that Bacchus, Father Christmas, and the Ghost of Christmas Present are indeed pretty similar. You can click the highlighted text links above to learn a bit about each.

And may God bless us, every one.

Father Christmas