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Gilding Christmas: Gifts, Charity, and Commerce

Penne L. Restad

in Christmas in America

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780195109801
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854073 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109801.003.0009
Gilding Christmas: Gifts, Charity, and Commerce

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Louisa May Alcott's Little Women opens this chapter in emphasizing the spirit of gift giving that sprung in American society as part of the Christmas tradition. The wonderfully crafted text embodies the mediation present in the fragile relationship between the people in the increasingly unsettled society. Furthermore, this chapter emphasizes the effect of commerce and consumerism that transformed the simple customs of Christmas charity and gift-giving.

Keywords: Louisa May Alcott; Little Women; charity; gift-giving; commerce

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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