What is the climax of A Christmas Carol?

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The climax to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol--the quintessential holiday tale of hope and transformation--comes in the final chapter (stave) of the play. After a night spent with the visiting spirits, Ebeneezer Scrooge awakens to find himself alive and in his own bed. It is still Christmas Day, and the spirits have taken him on their long journey during the course of just one night. Scrooge recognizes that he has been given another chance to redeem himself and honor the promises he made to the final spirit. He will be a man who honors the Christmas spirit 365 days a year. Scrooge purchases a giant, prize turkey and sends it anonymously to Bob Cratchit; donates money to a charity; goes to church; and then visits his nephew, who makes him feel at home. The next morning at work, Scrooge surprises Bob--not with a termination of employment, but with a raise and a promise to look after his family and Tiny Tim.