Charles Dickens sometimes liked to tease and surprise with his endings. Once, as John Gross provocatively points out, he proceeded from a novel that ends in deep gloom with its hero getting married to another that ends fairly cheerfully with its hero getting killed.
JH Newman in his classic work, The Idea of a University argued that the academic achievement of time spent at university should not be seen as an end in itself, but a student should leave with part of the university etched on their soul.
A crackling fire. A glass of something warming. And a good fright. It’s what Christmas is all about, no?