During the holidays, it’s only natural that we start to think about those who have passed. As we grew up, we became accustomed to certain Christmas traditions that out adult relatives would do for us. But after they pass, it is up to us to continue those traditions. The holidays have long been known as a time for family, friends, and loved ones to come together and celebrate. Given the extreme emotional attachments we have to the holidays, one has to wonder how that affects the paranormal world. There are both researchers and regular folks that have said that activity escalates during the holidays. While we tend to think that Halloween is the ultimate holiday for ghostly encounters, the month of December has proven itself to be a time of increased activity. Why? The answer is in the holidays.

In the spirit of trying to not get too personal, I’m getting ready to embark on my second Christmas without my mother, as she passed in January 2015. For anyone who has lost a loved one, the first year of holidays is sad, but the ongoing ones seem to be worse for some. It’s another year without their loved one. And do ghosts, or those who have died, feel that same emptiness and pain as the living? If they do, it would make sense that they would drop by during the holidays to reminisce on years passed when the family was all alive and together. Do I think that they make their presence known? I don’t think so. The holidays were rather quiet in activity in my life, but I want to think that my mother was with me in some way or another. We do tend to get an increase in investigation requests during the holidays, which is interesting to me. Perhaps there are those who do want to make their presence known, or even a message to pass on as we end the year.

Regardless on what your thoughts are of ghosts and spirits, the memory of those who have left us live on in us and the traditions we practice and pass on. If you are missing someone this holiday season, know that they are also missing you, and they probably yearn for another holiday season where they can embrace you and have you know that they love you. The signs are there, and all you need to do is pay attention to the finer details in your life right now. That sign could very well be right in front of you.

If you are emotionally in need of support this holiday season and are desperate to make contact with a deceased loved one, please proceed with caution. The reason being is that you don’t want to open yourself up to getting visits from unwanted entities who will only feed on your grief and pain. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact a reputable and local paranormal investigation team, or even APS, and we will do our best to answer your questions.