Christmas past forms us. Christmas present defines us. Christmas yet to come promises us a hope and a future.
The Spirit of Christmas Past came to Scrooge for his welfare; his redemption. The Spirit of Christmas Present showed Scrooge joy within the human heart. The Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come issued a warning to follow the admonition given by the Past to "Take Heed."
Isn't it a beautiful gift to know that the shadows of what might be can be altered by our real actions of the present? In spite of the past, Christmas is always a gift for each day.