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The Ghost of Christmas Past
Background information
Feature films The Muppet Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Jessica Fox
Jim Carrey
Performance model Jim Carrey
Inspiration The Ghost of Christmas Past
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Philosophical, caring, king, compassionate, patient, persistent, annoying (to Scrooge)
Appearance Slender, kind shallow face in the form of a candle flame, white glowing body, white robe, extinguisher cap
Affiliations The Ghost of Christmas Present, The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come
Goal To show Scrooge his past
Powers and abilities Becomes a firework if extinguished with his own flame retardant
Weapons Flame Retardant
Fate Extinguished with his own flame retardant by Ebenezer Scrooge.
Quote "Rise and walk with me."

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, towards the moon, and falls about 50,000 feet towards 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