The the theme of the story "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens is money doesn't equal happiness. This means that you can still be happy with no money. Money isn't everything and Scrooge will realized this later in his life.
The Cratchit family was not very wealthy, and had nothing nice. However, they didn't let this ruin their mood. They were happy and so grateful to even have what they do. Even though there clothes were very cheap and not the best quality they tried their hardest to look nice. The whole family loved each other so much. During Christmas there feast was barely even a feast, almost the opposite of a feast, but the Cratchit's were still thankful.
"They were not a handsome family, they were not well dressed, their shoes were far from waterproof, their clothes were scanty....But they were happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contended with the time" (649).
All of the men were going through horrible conditions, and just sailing though the lonely darkness of an unknown abyss. They don't know what is going to happen. They were all very poor, and were just trying to get some money on the table. However, going through all this they were singing Christmas Carols and everyone was kind to each other. There financial issues did not damper their mood. This just proves the point that people do not need to have money to be happy.
"They stood beside helmsman at the wheel, the lookout in the bow, the officers who had the watch; dark, ghostly figures in their several stations; but every man among them hummed a Christmas tune, or had a Christmas thought, or spoke below his breath to his companion of some bygone Christmas Day, with homeward hopes belonging to it" (651).
Scrooge was so greedy that Belle left him. All Scrooge cared about was money, and Belle was the second priority. Belle realized this, and then soon broke up with him. Scrooge was crushed by this. This just show's that money can take over your life, and you will not be happy. Scrooge had a great life with Belle, but his greed got in the way of their relationship. When Belle left Scrooge, Scrooge was all alone. He may have had money, but he was not happy.
"What idol has displaced you?" (638).
"A golden one..... All your other hopes have merged into the hope of being beyond the chance of it sordid reproach... May you be happy in the life you have chosen!" (638).
This quote is saying that with all the money Scrooge has, he is not happy. Scrooge doesn't share his wealth with anyone, and is very greedy. Since Scrooge is so miserable he decides not to Fred's house for Christmas dinner. Scrooge is just punishing himself by not going. His whole family is going and will be having fun and feasting, while Scrooge would sit at home alone and have no one to spend the holiday with. So, this just proves the point even if you are wealthy you may not be happy.
"His wealth is no use to him. He don't do any good with it. He don't make himself comfortable with it. He hasn't the satisfaction of thinking- ha ha ha !- that he is ever going to benefit us with it" (652).