Was Andy Williams on crack?

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Surprisingly, the answer is: no.

The 1963 Christmas song, “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” has some strange lyrics.

No, I’m not talking about kids “jingle belling“ (can’t picture that) or “gay happy meetings” (I CAN picture that, but my picture probably differs from Andy’s.) I’m talking about sections of the song where Christmas celebrants anticipate Christmas activities to come:

“There'll be scary ghost stories, and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago.”

Nobody tells ghost stories at Christmas. Or do they?

The song was actually written for William’s TV show by Edward Pola and George Wyle. They were referencing a widely practiced tradition during the 19th Century throughout the English-speaking world where people used to tell ghost stories on Christmas Eve.

Nowadays, the closest thing we have to to Christmas-oriented ghost stories is watching “A Christmas Carol” on Netflix.

The question is: Should this tradition be brought back?