The ghost story that helped to invent the British Christmas - Dickens's wonderfully spooky tale of regret of the past and hope for the future
Mr Scrooge is a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, miserable old man. Nobody stops him in the street to say a cheery hello; nobody would dare ask him for a favour. And I hope you'd never be so foolish as to wish him a 'Merry Christmas'! Scrooge doesn't believe in Christmas, charity, kindness - or ghosts.
But one cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives some unusual visitors who show him just how very mistaken he's been...
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