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Part of the Barbie series of Direct-to-Video films, this is a retelling of A Christmas Carol, told by Barbie to her little sister, Kelly. Kelly doesn't want to attend a charity ball, as she doesn't understand the importance of caring for others.

Barbie proceeds to tell her the story of Eden Starling, an opera star in Victorian England who hates Christmas. Eden is selfish to the core, and is about to be taught a lesson in humility and kindness by three spirits, lest her selfishness bring about a bad future.


This movie provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Eden's aunt. Not severely and seemed to have never hurt her physically, though she forbade Eden from having fun or celebrating any sort of holiday lest she be distracted from achieving stardom.
  • A God Am I: Eden has this complex until the end.
  • Arc Words: "In a selfish world, the selfish succeed."
  • Bad Future: Instead of dying alone, Eden ends up destitute and eventually making her best friend as cruel as she is.
  • Big Fun: As per usual, the Spirit of Christmas Present—although it's a rare female example.
  • Christmas Episode: To the Barbie film series.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Christmas spirits. Past is yellow/white, Present is green, Future is red.
  • Composite Character: Catherine is, all rolled into one, a stand-in for Fan (Scrooge's sister), Belle (being a dear person from Eden's past), Bob Cratchit (being her employee in the present), and Fred (as a Christmas enthusiast and Eden's Morality Pet).
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  • Dark and Troubled Past: Eden used to love Christmas, until her Aunt Marie's toxic advice took root.
  • Darker and Edgier: While still a Barbie movie at heart, given the story that it is based on, it stands out in the Barbie film series as one of its heavier and somewhat moodier films.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Eden angrily throws the flowers while on backstage and promptly exclaims "I hate Christmas!"
  • Evil Costume Switch: In the present, Catherine wears a simple but beautiful pink outfit; in the Bad Future, she's switched to a Pimped-Out Dress in purple, demonstrating her new selfishness and vanity.
  • Exposed to the Elements:
    • Catherine seems to not mind cold weather. She always walks outside only in her gown while nearly everyone else doesn't.
    • In the Bad Future, Eden also has to walk without a coat but it's because she can't afford one any more.
  • Evil Brit: Eden (well more of a bully. The only character from Europe Barbie has played that has an accent, also.
  • Expy: Being based on A Christmas Carol, there are a few of these to the original characters.
    • Eden=Ebenezer Scrooge
    • Catherine=Bob Cratchit
    • Aunt Marie=Jacob Marley
    • Tammy=Tiny Tim
  • Face–Heel Turn/We Used to Be Friends: Catherine, in the bad future who doesn't celebrate Christmas anymore due to feeling bitter about having been fired by Eden when she came late on Christmas Day. Though the real kicker might have been when the orphanage she was helping closed down while she was awaynote , and it convinced her that helping people does nothing and it never works. Then she coldly refuses Eden's request for help.
  • Fangirl: The Spirit of Christmas Past, judging by the way she's delighted with having to visit her.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: The twins.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: The twins wear feather headdresses on their outfits.
  • Forbidden Fruit: Aunt Marie was so determined to make Eden a star that she refused to let the girl celebrate any holidays. Eden had to sneak out every year to celebrate Christmas with Catherine and her family.
  • Framing Device: Barbie telling the story to her little sister (as in many—but not all—Barbie movies).
  • Gender Flip:
    • Eden is one of Ebenezer Scrooge.
    • So is everyone else in one way or another, such as Aunt Marie to Jacob Marley, the all-female spirits (the word "spirit" is used, instead of "ghost"), etc.
  • Genki Girl: The Spirit of Christmas Past is giggly and optimistic about everything. Being Eden's biggest fan has to do with it.
  • Giant Waist Ribbon: Eden's red and gold dress has a large gold ribbon on the side.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: Eden's green dress and red dress have gold lame decorations. The Ghost of Christmas Past's dress has gold trimming, and her scepter is gold.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Eden's nightgown and Catherine's dress in the future.
  • The Grinch: Eden.
  • Happy Holidays Dress: Loads, from Barbie's white dress, to Eden's red and gold dress, and the green Chritmas tree-themed dress the Ghost of Christmas present wears. Eden and Catherine as kids wore nearly identical holiday dresses.
  • The Hecate Sisters: A lighthearted example. The Spirit of Christmas Past is the Maiden (small in stature, cheery and energetic, youthful); the Spirit of Christmas Present is the Mother (heavily built, jovial and compassionate, middle-aged); and the Spirit of Christmas Future is the Crone (tall and thin, stern but caring, elderly).
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Eden is redeemed, Aunt Marie briefly rematerializes to wave goodbye to her—and she's now without her chains, suggesting that helping her niece has freed her from eternal punishment.
  • High Class Gloves: Eden's green dress and red dress have white gloves. Catherine's future outfit (when she becomes a spoiled diva herself) has purple gloves.
  • Ironic Name: Eden means "paradise".
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: Eden's Aunt Marie wears chains that have mirrors on the end of them, instead of money boxes, fitting vanity instead of greed.
  • Lighter and Softer: When you compare to other Christmas Carol adaptations, that is.
  • Magic Music: The Spirit of Christmas Present can conjure magical instruments out of thin air, and control them like an orchestra.
  • Meaningful Name: The main character's name is Eden Starling. Think about that for a second.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: In-Universe, Eden acts sweet and charming on stage, and then angrily throws some flowers once the curtain closes.
  • Only Friend: Catherine, for Eden, justified in that Eden, with her Stage Aunt, couldn't play with many other children, in the past. She is also apparently Catherine's only friend, in the present (here the justification is that she's too mean to get any more friends).
  • Our Fairies Are Different: The three spirits are not called fairies in the movie (just in the book adaptation), still, they have the apparel, including magic wands.
  • Palette Swap: The time and space vortexes are the same effect, just yellow for past, green for present, and red for future. The twins wear identical outfits save for the colors.
  • Pajama-Clad Hero
  • Pet the Dog: A literal example; even prior to her Character Development, Eden never mistreated her cat Chuzzlewit.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: Eden wears a red, short, hooded, fur-trimmed cape at the end.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Several fancy dresses are worn, most are holiday dresses.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Catherine's dress is pink (with a white petticoat and bows).
  • Playing Against Type: An in-universe example: Barbie's almost always the noble, caring hero in these stories. Here, she's still the protagonist—but as that protagonist is based on Ebenezer Scrooge, she's as nasty and selfish as can be. Kelly lampshades this fact, but it doesn't stop Barbie from reaching her moral though.
  • Pretty in Mink: Eden has a red cape edged with white fur, that she wears when visiting the orphanage at the end, keeping the hood up so she can reveal herself to the kids.
  • The Prima Donna: Eden is a famous singer, and very arrogant.
  • Real After All: At the beginning of the framing story, Barbie gives Kelly a snow globe of Victorian England with three small female figures inside. We later find out that this snow globe is identical to the one that Eden Catherine gave Eden in the past; Eden promises to pass it on to her to her children, and have those children pass it on to their children, etc., as a reminder to always keep Christmas in their hearts. After returning to the present, Kelly asks if the snow globe is really the same keepsake as in the story, and Barbie comments that she honestly doesn't know...but after Kelly and Barbie leave her bedroom to head for the charity ball, the three female figures—who are the Spirits of Christmas—come to life and wave their scepters, suggesting that Barbie really is descended from Eden, and that the story actually happened.
  • Redhead In Green: The Ghost of Christmas Present.
  • Regal Ringlets: Eden and Catherine.
  • Rich Bitch: Eden.
  • Saving the Orphanage: What Eden discovered after accusing Catherine of being ungrateful and noting the "other show" that she was working on behind her back. After Eden turns good she helped save it in the end by funding the orphanage.
  • Shout Out: Eden's cat is named Chuzzlewit after Martin Chuzzlewit, a book Dickens published concurrently with A Christmas Carol.
  • Silver Vixen: The Spirit of Christmas Future, portrayed by a pretty old lady looking quite different from the usual Grim Reaper.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Ann and Nan.
  • Sleep Mask: Even Eden's cat wears one to emphasize her vain nature.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Due to Mattel's forbiddance of death, Eden Starling doesn't die outright, but is shown to become poor and lonely. Tammy isn't shown to have died, but the orphanage she lived in is closed down, and the final fate of its residents is left ambiguous.
  • Stage Mom: Aunt Marie, especially how much she prevented Eden from having fun as a child. When she came back as a spirit to Eden, she explicitly stated that the quote "In a selfish world, the selfish succeed" was just her excuse for not having become a star herself.
  • Straw Hypocrite: When visiting with the Spirit of Christmas Present, Eden constantly accuses everyone of being ungrateful towards her. She however is the the real Ungrateful Bitch for not letting them off on Christmas, but is this trope as she does not intend to be grateful due to be her delusional selfishness.
  • Swirly Energy Thingy: The Ghosts of Christmas travel through these.
  • That Poor Cat: A running gag.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Catherine's sister Nell greatly laments how Eden turned out.
  • Wham Line: In-universe, Eden realizes that Catherine has been completely corrupted when she says "In a selfish world, the selfish succeed."
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol

Keep the beauty of Christmas in your heart every day of the year.

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