Tim Cratchit -- better known as Tiny Tim -- is the crippled youngster in the 1843 Charles Dickens
story A Christmas Carol
. Tim is a sickly little boy who walks with a crutch; his father, Bob Cratchit, works for the wealthy miser Ebenezer Scrooge. Tiny Tim is cheerful in the face of his illness, and his plucky prayer "God bless us every one!" is the counterpoint to Scrooge's dismissive grunts of "Bah, humbug!" Tiny Tim has a small role in the book, but an important one: When Scrooge is shown a vision of the future in which Tiny Tim dies, he is shaken from his grumpy ways and takes it upon himself to become a "second father" to Tiny Tim and pay for the boy's cure. The story ends with assurances that Tiny Tim did not die after all, and with Scrooge a changed man who understands the meaning of Christmas.