EP29 The Magical Christmas Tree... and a few ghosts!: The curious tale of a tree that blossomed in a west Wales garden every Christmas Eve, and some gothic ghost stories to go with it


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Welsh folklore tells us that on Christmas Eve, a magical Christmas tree would spring to life in the garden of a west Wales mansion.

What was its supernatural purpose, and where did it come from? And more to the point, where is it now?

The old tales tell us that the tree was destroyed, but that isn't the whole story.

In fact, there could be a lot more to the tale of this tree than just folklore, and it could even still be active to this day, if you know where to look.

But beware - in true Christmas tradition, this is also a ghost story, and there are some who believe that spirits roam the very same garden in which the tree once stood...

For some of the answers - and even more questions - press play and join Mark Rees for the latest special festive episode of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees.

Merry Christmas / Nadolig llawen!

Christmas on the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

Christmas is a magical time for Welsh folklore and ghost stories, and every Thursday during December there'll be a special episode of the podcast dedicated to a festive subject.

There include such folkloric favourites like the Mari Lwyd, to haunted pubs where the spooks make an appearance every December 24.

Be sure to check out each episode on December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 - yes, there'll even be new episodes of Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

What is the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?

Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales etc.) as he explores the weird and wonderful history of Wales.

The world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends, GHOSTS & FOLKLORE OF WALES combines Mark’s research and insights from his books and articles with long-lost tales from some ancient tomes into a truly unique podcast experience.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday, and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to the fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion,

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