Ghosts, Christmas flashbacks, and an adorable child on crutches -- is there any better holiday story than Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol? (No.) Since its first publication as a novella in 1843, the work (which tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from greedy miser to kindly pseudo-Santa) has been adapted countless times for the stage and screen, serving as a star vehicle for such legendary actors as F. Murray Abraham, Tim Curry, Jim Dale, Frank Langella, Patrick Stewart, and even The Muppets (on film). One of the most produced holiday shows in theater history, A Christmas Carol is currently playing on stages big and small in the run up to Christmas Day and the New Year. TheaterMania compiled this slideshow of production photos from across the globe that should win over those with even the blackest of hearts. God bless [the internets], everyone.