A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol is a Charles Dickens story about the transformation of bitter, miserly capitalist confronted by three "ghosts" one fateful Christmas Eve. First published as "my little Christmas book", as Dickens described it, and priced low enough for the masses while intended to be successful enough to pay off some debt, the book was an instant best-seller when published on December 19, 1843 and became one of the most enduring and best-loved stories of Christmas ever written.
A Christmas Carol is essentially the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a master of money exchange who built up his own wealth through years of work, but at the same time built up his own tightfisted, miserly ways as well; so miserly in fact that he would rather have the poor and destitute go to the prisons and workhouses and live there (where his own taxes are put to use) rather than give the slightest amount to charity on their behalf.
But things change when Scrooge's dead business partner, Jacob Marley, returns from beyond, bearing the ponderous chains of guilt, and warns Scrooge that he will face similar consequences unless he changes from within.