The three ghosts appear in Ebenezer Scrooge's dreams, each revealing parts of Scrooge's past and character.
The Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge back in time. He reveals glimpses of Scrooge's childhood, reminding him of how unsympathetic and harsh he was with family and friends. The ghost wears flowing robes and has a light emanating from his head.
The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to see how others are enjoying a happy holiday. Scrooge sees that others are toasting to his good health even though he is often unkind to them. The ghost has a holly wreath crown, fur trimmed robe and is a large, jolly being.
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come offers Scrooge a glimpse of what his life will become, as well as what will become of Tiny Tim, if he does not change his cruel, miserly ways. The ghost is shrouded in dark cloth. Nothing appears except one, shriveled hand.