Thursday, January 27, 2011
In the story, 4 ghosts visit the miserly businessman Ebneezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve. The apparition of Scrooge's business partner Marley, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas As Yet to come guide Scrooge along his loveless present and bleak future.
The vision of his own headstone and the fact that no one will mourn his death force Scrooge to see the error of his "Bah! Humbug!" attitude toward both life and Christmas.
The primary recipients of Scrooge's moral rebirth are his poor clerk Bob Cratchit and his family, especially the crippled boy Tiny Tim. Scrooge awakens from his illusions and delivers a turkey to the Cratchit household, gives Tim a raise and reconciles with his nephew.