The tale begins on Christmas Eve seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge’s business partner Jacob Marley. Scrooge is established within the first chapter as a greedy and stingy businessman who has no place in his life for kindness, compassion, charity, or benevolence. After being warned by Marley’s ghost to change his ways, Scrooge is visited by three additional ghosts “each in its turn” who accompany him to various scenes with the hope of achieving his transformation.
The first of the spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past, takes Scrooge to the scenes of his boyhood and youth which stir the old miser’s gentle and tender side by reminding him of a time when he was more innocent.
The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, takes Scrooge to several radically differing scenes in order to evince from the miser a sense of responsibility for his fellow man.
The third spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, harrows Scrooge with dire visions of the future if he does not learn and act upon what he has witnessed. As their journey concludes, Scrooge is reminded of what it means to have love in his heart, and what the true spirit of Christmas is all about. The truths revealed through Scrooge, Marley, and his three ghosts are timeless and touch the hearts of everyone treated to their sincerity.