In the classic Charles Dickens story “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. At Writer’s Relief, our inquisitive research elves wondered: Might writers have anything in common with these spirited story characters? Are you introspective, or live-in-the-moment, or always planning ahead? Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or another winter holiday, you might have something in common with these iconic ghosts! Try this fun quiz to determine which Christmas Carol ghost you’re most like!
Quiz: Which “A Christmas Carol” Ghost Are You Most Like?
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
- Baking holiday treats
- Planning and hosting gatherings
When do you put up your holiday decorations?
- Right after Halloween
- The first weekend in December
- On Christmas Eve or later
Which gift would you like to receive?
- An album filled with old photos of family and friends
- A book from the best-seller list
- A writer’s journal for the upcoming new year
Which holiday movie is your favorite?
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Love, Actually
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
What is your favorite winter activity?
- Playing board games
- Building snowmen and sledding
- Making vacation plans for the upcoming summer
Mostly 1: The Ghost of Christmas Past
I told you these were shadows of things that have been. You are nostalgic and enjoy looking back on memories from years past and rewatching your favorite holiday movies. Your writing may lean toward historical works, personal essays, and memoir. And you look great in vintage clothing and a jaunty, lighted cap!
Mostly 2: The Ghost of Christmas Present
Come in! and know me better, man! You are the life of the party! You enjoy making the holidays magical with delicious desserts and fun gifts, and readily participate in all the holiday traditions and activities in your town. Your writing may include slice-of-life, humor, and the latest genre trends. Bundle up in your giant, faux-fur-trimmed coat and head outside for some writing inspiration!
Mostly 3: The Ghost of Christmas Future
It gave him no reply. You may not be the most talkative guest at the table, but many writers are introverts at heart. And, while some people may think the future is scary, you look forward to tomorrow’s adventures and opportunities—even if they are mysterious and unknowable. You enjoy writing (and reading) thrillers and mysteries. Be sure to rock your chic black outfit at this year’s holiday parties!
Question: Which Christmas Ghost are you most like? Tell us in the comments!