The Apple Tree: A Ghost Story for Christmas
Steeped in traditions older than the Christmas we often celebrate in modern times, ghost stories told at Christmas were a reflection of the ideas of ending and rebirth (both of the year and crops), as well as reflecting on the darkness (both outside and within). As people gather with families, it is natural to remember those who are no longer amongst the group and to share tales with younger generations.
A widower has a secret he'll admit only to himself: Midge's death comes as a relief. Yet now that he's free of her hectoring, somehow he still feels her presence. Is it guilt? Or does that gnarled apple tree in the orchard bear an uncanny resemblance to her hunched-over posture.
The Apple Tree is one such story that is shared with a Christmas spirit. Originally told by Daphne DuMaurier, this single story is one in a group of Christmas Ghost Stories that are perfect for holiday gatherings.