In the novel, A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens in 1843 there appeared three ghosts before Ebenezer Scrooge.
The Ghost of Christmas Past
Dressed in a white robe, half man half woman, and androgynous figure. Described by Dickens as an "It". It morphed into different shapes before his very eyes, legless, armless, a head without a body, a candle flame, indistinguishable as a body form at times. The ghost shows Ebenezer, at his school as a boy, as an apprentice, the day he lost is girlfriend, his obsession with money. He meets his cold hearted father who shows him no love. His mother died giving him life at birth. His father hates him.
Do you see where I'm going with this. Could Ebenezer have been abused or neglected as a child? By his own father! His father did have an apprenticeship waiting for him as soon as he got home from school and showed no love towards him.
The Ghost of Christmas Present
The second of the ghosts to appear before Ebenezer. The ghost invites him in closer, to get to know him better. Wink! Wink! The ghost a big jolly man, with long brown curls, dressed in lavish cloths. With lots of trinkets to entice little boys and girls. He talks a lot about child labor, the sufferings of children, we've all heard the saying, "Are there no prisons, no workhouses." Was this ghost, someone Ebenezer knew in his childhood? Was this ghost a pedophile while alive, a memory from Ebenezer's past.
Does this make sense to you?
The Ghost of Christmas to Come
Change your ways Ebenezer Scrooge, the ghost explains, dressed in a hooded robe, without uttering a word, or you will pay in hell for all eternity. In other words, he knew what the ghost was talking about, he didn't have to tell Ebenezer. Acting as his own father had treated him. The ghost was showing him he didn't have to please his father anymore.
Consider the religious take on the story, back in 1843. Could Dickens have talked about homosexuality back then. This was his way of getting around the subject.
Now does the story make more sense? This is just my observation, it doesn't make it so.