The Ghost of Christmas Past is the first of the three spirits that haunt Ebenezer Scrooge in the Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol.

Role in the story

The ghost takes Scrooge on a journey throughout his past in order to show Scrooge how he became the miserly moneylender he is. During this journey Scrooge discovered the following things:

  • His father neglected him as a child.
  • His kind sister Fan brought him back home from boarding school only to die giving birth to Fred.
  • Fezziwig was a kind Christmas loving boss to him.
  • Scrooge started a successful business in money-lending and finances.
  • He first met Belle during Fezziwig's Christmas party.
  • He then broke up with Belle by the time Scrooge started his obsession with finances.

After seeing all this, Scrooge decides enough is enough and extinguishes the ghost with his own extinguisher. However, Scrooge is then shot up into the sky, toward the moon, and falls about 50,000 feet toward the ground.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

In the Muppet adaptation, the ghost is a female voiced by Jessica Fox and puppeteered by Karen Prell, Rob Tygner and William Todd-Jones. The Ghost shows Scrooge his lonely childhood at school, a happy Christmas party at Fozziwig's, and his breakup with his fiancee, Belle.

A Christmas Carol (2009)

The Ghost of Christmas Past was designed to look like a candle to symbolize the light that people shine on their past, in order to know themselves better. In this version, the ghost has a light Irish accent. He is voiced by Jim Carrey, who also voices Scrooge, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. Of all the many film adaptations of A Christmas Carol, this seems to be one of the few versions that portrays The Ghost of Christmas Past very much in the way that Charles Dickens wrote about it.


See also

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A Christmas CarolSoundtrack
Ebenezer ScroogeBob CrachitFredBelleJacob MarleyMrs. CrachitTiny TimMr. FezziwigFanOld JoeThe Ghost of Christmas PastThe Ghost of Christmas PresentThe Ghost of Christmas Yet to ComeIgnorance and Want
See Also
Mickey's Christmas CarolThe Muppet Christmas CarolWinnie the Pooh: Springtime with RooDick Daring's All-Star Holiday Stunt Spectacular VA London CarolCaptain ScroogeA Christmas Cruella