The superstition in that list that really grabbed me?
This sparked the following ideas:Some also believe that those who are born on Christmas Eve turn into ghosts on that day every year while they sleep.
- A protagonist who is thrown into the paranormal world every Christmas, against their will. (Good paranormal YA idea?)
- An antagonist who gleefully accepts their temporary ghosthood, becoming a thief or spy, or terrorizing families.
- Someone who's thrown into the paranormal world, and then one year slips up and stays there (and/or requires rescue from the protagonist).
I'd say any of these have potential. You're welcome to them, because I'd rather write stories about Santa facing off with Krampus, Krampus kidnapping children, a world where the Yule Lads truly exist, and a world where the various winter light festivals have actual importance.*
Anyone have story ideas they want to put up for grabs? Anyone know of other cool Christmas/winter traditions? … Anyone want to take my bunnies?
* And then there are the non-Christmas plot bunnies, at least three of which will require insane levels of research and probably won't happen.