A Christmas Carol
To appreciate the true spirit of Christmas
Costumes, crutch, presents, toy food
Time of Year
This assembly is based on 'A Christmas Carol' by
A Narrator can read most of this assembly, with children playing the
characters reading the speech (in bold).
(Ask children what they think Christmas is about. Answers may be about
the Nativity, depending on your school.)
Scrooge was an old miser. He would not spend a
penny on heating his office. He made his assistant, Bob Cratchit, work
freezing cold. Bob would have loved to leave his job, but he needed the
money Scrooge paid him to support his wife and children.
was coming and Bob thought of his youngest
child, Tiny Tim, who was lame and walked with a crutch. He knew that he
not afford to buy his poor son even the smallest present. When Bob
the subject of Christmas all Scrooge would say was,
“Christmas? Bah, humbug!”
evening, as Scrooge sat by his flickering fire, the
ghost of his dead business partner, Jacob Marley, appeared. Marley was
in chains, which rattled as he walked. Scrooge was terribly afraid.
“Change your ways, or you will end up
like me. Tonight you will be visited by three spirits. Listen to them
ghost had spoken the truth. Later that night, as
the clock struck midnight, the first of the three spirits appeared.
“I am the Spirit of Christmas Past. I
will show you all that has happened.”
The spirit took the trembling Scrooge from his bed and flew with him
past life. He showed him all the terrible things he had done because of
greed and love of money.
second spirit was a jolly, round gentleman, who
carried a glowing torch.
“I am the Spirit of Christmas Present.
Hold on to my robe.”
Scrooge held on to the spirit’s robe and was carried
away, through the
night, to the house of Bob Cratchit.
sat at his table with his wife, Tiny Tim and his
other children. Scrooge paid his assistant so little that it was a very
meal, yet Bob held up his glass and said,
“Here’s to Mr. Scrooge. May he have a
The old miser bowed his head in shame.
“Take me away from here, Spirit.”
third spirit was a terrible, hooded spectre.
“I am the Spirit of Christmas Future. I
will show you things that have yet to happen.”
Then the spirit took Scrooge to a churchyard and pointed to a neglected
on which was carved the name EBENEZER SCROOGE.
“No, Spirit! No! Take me back to my bed.
I will change my ways.”
spirit did as he was asked and when Scrooge awoke the
next morning he remembered all that he had learned from the three
It was Christmas morning and Scrooge jumped up out of bed with a big
his face. He dressed hurriedly and rushed out into the street, wishing
went into the shops and bought as much food and
as many presents as he could carry and took it all to Bob Cratchit’s
gave Bob a large pay rise and declared that he now knew the true
so, as Tiny Tim declared, “God bless us, every one!”
(Again ask children what they think Christmas is about. Have
their answers changed? Answers may be more about the meaning of
Christmas this time.)
and Hymn/Song as appropriate for your school. If your school is putting
on a Christmas play, parts of that may be suitable.