Discerning Moment: Timeless Truths from America's Treasury

Good gifts for Christmas

Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,’ grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.”

So begins Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic Little Women, with a complaint that we all can certainly share. Fifteen-year-old Jo (Josephine) March and her sisters, Meg, Beth and Amy are seated around a snug little fire in their New England home, lamenting the gifts they will not receive for Christmas. These good-hearted girls wrestle with their disappointment. They know that their mother, Marmee, would give them Christmas presents if she could afford them and that the absence of their beloved Father, who is far from home, serving as a chaplain in the United States Army during the Civil War, is difficult for everyone. Generously, the girls decide that instead of receiving gifts, they will spend their hard-earned money on presents for Marmee. The arrival of a letter from Father confirms their good intentions. His warm greetings to his “little women,” as he affectionately calls them, are mixed with fatherly wisdom and advice:

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Instill Christian Character through Literature

What a wonderful way to strengthen the foundations of our families by reading Little Women and learning its lessons of love, generosity, kindness and long-suffering. This teacher guide prepares you to teach Little Women as a unit to include geography, literature, English and America’s providential Christian history. Included in the teacher guide are the novel's historical background, setting and author study, and character and thematic studies. Perfect for use in a family setting. Buy now from the FACE Bookstore for $14.95. Or get the guide, the novel, and the student notebook packet as a bundle for $42.85.

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