Comes the Ghost of Christmas Present. This spirit takes Scrooge on a journey to show him how people celebrate Christmas. He gets to see the joy poor people have of Christmas Eve. Just gathered together by a warm fire and singing Christmas carols, praising the Lord. No presents, no Christmas dinner just pure warmth for one another. He gets to see how lavishly his nephew, his nephew’s wife and their friends spend Christmas Eve together with food, wine, song, dance and games. They all are filled with joy of being together and thoroughly enjoying this wonderful time of year.
On to the home of Bob Cratchit and family. A home which speaks of poverty but also a home filled with love and joy. The wonder of Christmas with a puny goose, pudding and punch hardly enough for such a family but being all together is the most important thing to them especially at Christmas time. Sadness hangs over this family as the youngest child a boy Tiny Tim is an invalid and in poor health and of course there is not enough money for doctors. Seeing all of this we can see changes coming over Scrooge he even inquires if Tiny Tim will survive another Christmas. Before this spirit goes away he leaves Scrooge with a warning to be careful of two terrible evils – Ignorance and Want hidden beneath the spirits great coat in the guise of two vicious and terrifying children who appear more animal then human. It amazingly shocks our miser.
By now our own heads are filled with the sights and sounds of this Christmas tale and I know that many a time I’ve already shed some tears for Tiny Tim, for his family and for the poor of London. Reminding myself that they were poor but had the love of Christ in their hearts and could sing Christmas carols with great joy. Into the scene comes the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and Scrooge gets to see what will develop the following Christmas. Bob Cratchit and his family are having a sorrowful Christmas as Tiny Tim has died and Bob has lost his joy for life. Scrooge also discovers that he has met with death and that people who had contact with him are overjoyed that he has passed on. They don’t mourn him but are eager to steal his money and possessions. He himself forgotten, lies in a horrid graveyard a shabby tombstone at his head. It makes us wonder if Scrooge has descended into the pits of hell.
In the musical version with Albert Finney we actually see Scrooge descend to hell where he is met by his late partner Marley and finds out that his chain is even larger than Marley’s.
Comes Christmas Day and we see a repentant and ecstatic Scrooge overjoyed that he hasn’t missed this Christmas and that he has the time to make up for all of his wrongs. Leaves us to wonder if humanity finally made its way into his heart or if at first he was just glad to have escaped a most horrible fate. However we do see Scrooge buy a giant turkey and in some versions of the movie toys for the Cratchit children, we see him tear up all the debts of all the people who owe him, and we see him going to his nephew’s house for Christmas dinner even bringing a belated wedding present and of all things dancing. It is a new and improved Scrooge and we can just rejoice that he is now in favor of his fellow humans. The story ends with us knowing that Scrooge has paid for the operation which Tiny Tim needed and that Tiny Tim will grow up to be a healthy and strong boy. Let us all let the compassion, love and understanding for our fellow humans into our hearts this Christmas. Let’s lend a helping hand where we can, let’s keep Christ in our Christmases and find love and joy with our family and friends.
As Tiny Tim said, “God bless us everyone!”