What is it like to be in the Crachit family in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens?  

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In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Bob Cratchit works for Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge makes Bob work long hours but pays him little. The Cratchits therefore, are very poor. They often do not have enough to eat, and they wear patched, hand me down clothing. Despite all this, they are a happy family, who love one another immensely. They always make the best of what they have. For example, during the visit of the Ghost of Christmas Present, Scrooge is taken to the Cratchit household, where he sees the family bustling about to get ready for Christmas dinner. Everyone is excited, and everyone pitches in to make it a good evening. The children play a joke on their father, pretending that their oldest sister, Martha, isn't coming.  Martha, however, can't bear to see her father disappointed, so she quickly appears, and they all have a good laugh. The youngest of the six children, Tiny Tim, is ill and though he is a constant worry because the Cratchits cannot afford a doctor, everyone does his/her best to be positive and happy. Tiny Tim, himself, is positive and cheerful. This family is very grateful for all that they have.

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