The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to the home of Bob Crachit where he witnesses the family's Christmas celebration.
After the dinner has been eaten, the hearth of the Crachits is prepared for the roasting of chestnuts on the fire. When the family draws around the fire, Bob raises his glass and says, "A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us!" Then, he toasts,
"Mr. Scrooge!...I'll give you Mr. Scrooge, the Founder of the Feast!"
When he does this, Mrs. Crachit is disgusted. She cries,
"The Founder of the Feast indeed!...I wish I had him here. I'd give him a piece of my mind to feast upon, and I hope he'd have a good appetite for it."
When he hears this invective against Scrooge, Bob Crachit reminds his wife that it is Christmas Day. Nevertheless, his wife continues. She mocks the title bestowed upon Scrooge by her husband: "'The Founder of the Feast indeed!'" She then expresses the wish that Scrooge were there so that she could give him "a piece of [her] mind"; that is, when she could insult him for his causing her family to be penurious.
However, when the charitable Mr. Crachit urges his wife to be kind; Mrs. Crachit relinquishes, agreeing to toast him, "Long life to him!...He'll be very merry and very happy, I have no doubt!" Obediently, the children drank from their cups, but it was without enthusiasm. For, Scrooge was the "Ogre of the family"; his name cast a pall over the celebration. It is only afterwards that the general cheer resumed.