Christmas in Savannah a Time of Light and Darkness
Amidst the joy and celebrations of annual social gatherings, twinkling lights, garlands, ornaments, egg nog and general things to do in Savannah during the Christmas and the Holidays, our world famous Historic District also emits another energy that runs just behind, beneath, or beside your coat sleeve -- something unspoken that dwells alongside our seasonal jolly -- just beyond mortal sight in the darkness, in the shadows -- The Ghosts of Christmas
Ghosts of Christmas at Sorrel-Weed Mansion in December
This December, The Savannah History Institute for Paranormal Studies in partnership with The Sorrel-Weed mansion are proud to present an adaptation of A Christmas Carol called The Ghosts of Christmas which will run from December 9th-December 30th. The one hour long production draws upon much of the supernatural material in A Christmas Carol including ghostly scenes along-side a back story narrative exploring the haunted Sorrel-Weed House itself, haunting Christmas Carols and more.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
When Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” in 1842 conditions in Victorian England had reached the point where the gap between rich and poor was literally tearing the fabric of society apart just as it seems headed to today. Christmas traditions had all but disappeared for the most part until Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol and placed the character of Ebenezer Scrooge in the central role. For many people, this one story re-kindled old customs like celebrating Christmas during the Holidays. The story goes right to the heart of Christmas and the timeless message of loss, recovery, redemption darkness and light.
Recovering What Is Lost at Christmas
Christmas in Savannah’s historic district is a magical time, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. Decorations pour out of boxes and bins -- the squares, houses, businesses and street lamps are decorated with wreaths, holly, garlands. Families reconvene. Christmas in Savannah is indeed a magical time for many but it is also a time of silent suffering and grief for many people.
One thing about the character of Scrooge that strikes a universal chord in readers is that Scrooge is ... "Us." In his first encounter with the Ghost of Christmas Past, Scrooge asks: “Who and what are you?” The ghost replies: “I am the Ghost of Christmas Past.” Scrooge asks: “Long Past?” The ghost responds: “No, your past. You recollect the way?” Scrooge had become a man who, in the unswerving pursuit of business and the affairs of the world loses touch with something of great value in his distant past, something intensely dear to him, something close to his heart -- the woman he lost to business, the painful parts that he chose to forget and buried -- being abandoned by his family as a little boy and many other heartbreaks of his early youth both great and small. Scrooge takes the easy way out and leaves all these things behind in his one-pointed pursuit of business and thus becomes a miser -- unrepentant and cruel. It takes not only one ghost but four to shake him out of his self-imposed exile and lead him on the path to recovery -- turning his heart toward the Spirit of the Season, and toward his fellow passengers to the grave.
Something Different for the Christmas Holidays in Savannah
The Ghosts of Christmas is a unique way to celebrate Christmas in Savannah, something different from the normal seasonal offerings. The hour long production is co-produced by The Sorrel-Weed House, S.H.I.P.S.(Savannah History Institute for Paranormal Studies) and Victorian Savannah Foundation, a recently formed Savannah history and culture alliance producing special events that explore Savannah's Victorian culture, history, and beliefs.
The show will run from December 2nd-December 30th. For interviews regarding The Ghosts of Christmas contact R. Chase Anderson at 912-508-1234.
Chase Anderson, Founder of Savannah Ghost Walks is a Savannah actor-musician, historian, storyteller and paranormal researcher with ancestral roots in downtown Savannah, Ga.