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The Ghost of Christmas Present
Background information
Feature films The Muppet Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Jerry Nelson (The Muppet Christmas Carol)
Jim Carrey (Disney's A Christmas Carol)
Performance model Jim Carrey (Disney's A Christmas Carol)
Inspiration Jesus and Santa Claus
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Jolly, philosophical, friendly, joyful, kind, cheerful, funny, sarcastic, sad and gloomy (sometimes)
Appearance Large, giant-like, nine feet tall, green wreath, brown-auburn bushy hair and beard, green robe with silver-white fur, gold sash, barefoot. later grey-white hair and beard, skeletal, torch burning out
Affiliations The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come
Goal To show Ebenezer Scrooge the joy of Christmas, and warn him about Want and Ignorance.
Likes Peace on Earth, good will to all men, Christmas, laughing
Dislikes Scrooge's stubbornness and hate of Christmas, death, violence, bad will to all men
Powers and abilities
Weapons Torch
Fate Erodes into dust when his visit is over
Quote "Peace on Earth, good will to all men!"

The Ghost of Christmas Present is the second of three spirits who haunt Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol. He is voiced by Jim Carrey, who also voices Scrooge and both the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future.

In Disney adaptations

The Muppet Christmas Carol

In the Muppet version of the story, his voice and face were performed by Jerry Nelson and his body was puppeteered by Don Austen. A large, jovial figure, the Ghost of Christmas Present reveals to Scrooge the joys of Christmas in the present day.

The Ghost possesses the ability to alter his size to fit into any space, and to enter a room by merely touching its exterior walls. Christmas Present is easily the most personable of the three ghosts, laughing heartily, displaying a tendency towards forgetfulness, and repeating his favorite phrase "know me better, man!" The Ghost visibly ages in his final moments before vanishing.

His appearance and jolly personality, complete with his "Ho, ho, ho" laugh, can be comparable to that of Santa Claus.

A Christmas Carol (2009)

The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge affairs as they are in the present day and the joy of Christmas in general while "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" is playing in the background.

The first thing the ghost shows Scrooge is Bob Cratchit eating Christmas dinner with his impoverished family with what little money Scrooge pays him for a roast goose.

Then, the ghost shows Fred and his friends playing party games after their Christmas dinner, which Scrooge earlier refused an invitation to.

Finally, the ghost warns Scrooge about Ignorance and Want. Specifically, in what peril poor people would be if Scrooge did not change his ways. After his meeting with Scrooge is over, the Ghost of Christmas Present erodes into a skeleton, which soon turns into a pile of ash. The nearby clock tower strikes 12 and Scrooge meets the next ghost.


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