Nostalgia, Free Graphics & Gift Ideas!

Renee Ann Smith —  December 7, 2015 — 15 Comments

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

“It’s so dreadful to be poor!” sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.

“I don’t think it’s fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all,” added little Amy, with an injured sniff.

“We’ve got Father and Mother, and each other,” said Beth contentedly from her corner.

~From Little Women by Louisa May Alcott~

LIttle Women Christmas Gifts for Girls

One of my favorite stories to read and watch at Christmas time is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

Though technically not a Christmas novel, this story of four sisters growing up in 1860s New England begins at Christmas and features some pretty great Christmases over their years together.

As one of four sisters myself, I instantly fell in love with a story of sisters growing up together & navigating life—through sunshine & tea parties, harsh poverty, unrequited love, youthful follies, teen adventures, heartaches & disappointments, deaths, careers, marriages, babies, sorrows & joys.

I love how the book begins with Marmee giving each girl a copy of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress for Christmas—they’re too poor that year for anything else.

The girls read the book together and attempt to follow its lessons.

In part one, many of the chapter titles even refer to Bunyan’s book.

I also appreciate the types of relationships on display in the story—

  • Friendships between neighbors, buddies, and BFFs
  • Unrequited love
  • Those who have loved and lost
  • Old, settled married love
  • Sweet, young love
  • Love and respect for elders
  • Sacrificial love for the poor and needy among us

Of course, at the center of the story is the relationship among sisters and all that goes with it—the confidences, fights, sighs, tears, laughs, scrapes, adventures, and love.

And I’m sure that all of us who read the book as young girls spent time pondering the question: Which sister am I?

Now looking back at the story, I’d say that . . . 

Too often I’m shallow like Amy was, without being beautiful.

I have some of Jo’s impulsiveness & sense of adventure and too much of her temper.

I think at this age, I can finally say that I’m as responsible as Meg.

And I’m still wishing to be as gentle, kind, and giving as Beth.

How ’bout you? Have you read the book? Which sister are you?

If you don’t have time to re-read Little Women this Christmas Season—or have never read it—I’ve compiled some of my favorite quotes here for you to enjoy.

(Feel free to share—tweet, pin, download, etc.)

I hope they remind you of the simpler times and sweet memories of Christmases gone by.

Little Women Louisa May Alcott

 

Little women valley of the shadow

Little Women Christmas nostalgia

Little Women Beth Jo Amy MegLIttle Women Jo amy meg bethLittle Women

Follow the links below to access whatever version of Little Women you might need or enjoy. These make great gifts! 

little women pilgrim's progress

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

15 responses to Nostalgia, Free Graphics & Gift Ideas!

  1. always loved these books – esp Little Women- thanks for the reminder – I’ll pull out the video or see if we have it on CD when the three girls get home! next to you at Reflect this afternoon in CA

  2. Little Women was the first LONG classic I read in 7th grade…I loved Jo and wanted to become a writer and live in an attic…I don’t live in an attic but I am a writer :) I didn’t remember that their mother gave them Pilgrim’s Progress…I think I might read the book again. Thanks! And I haven’t seen the 1994 film version…glad I stopped by…visiting from #smallwonder

  3. I love this book. So many wonderful lessons wrapped up in a beautiful story. Visiting from the Titus 2 Tuesday’s Linkup.

  4. I can’t believe I have to admit never having read such a classic! I’m putting in on my list for 2016 as I need to read more fiction :) Happy to join you today from #RaRaLinkup

  5. Oh my gosh, you’ve tugged on my heart strings! My grandma gave me Little Woman so many years ago, my first book that enchanted..captivated my soul! It was Little Women that started my love affair with books! I was Jo, no doubt!!..But I’m yearning now to read it again…which sister am I now? I also really didn’t realize back then Little Women had such strong Christian messages and now can’t wait to read it with that in mind! Thank you for the quotes! I will also watch the movie again!
    So happy I visited today from #raralinkup! What a treat!!!!!!!!!

  6. I love Little Women. Your images and quotes are great!

    Thanks for linking up at Woman to Woman’s Word Filled Wednesday.

  7. I’m with Sarah above. I haven’t read this classic, but am reminded I need to. It’s now on my list. Thank you! Following you at Crystal’s this week. Blessings!

  8. I have never read that book or watched the movie. I have never been as interested in it as I am now. Thank you, I guess I never really knew what it was about. I am definitely going to have to read it now!

  9. It’s been awhile since I’ve read Little Women, but off the top of my head, I remember relating to Jo. I don’t know why now! ha. I need to re-read it and see with fresh (and adult) eyes. :)

  10. Little Women is a favorite book. I have also read several biographies of Louisa May Alcott–so much of this book was drawn from her own family. Thank-you for sharing these beautiful graphics with quotes. I will share your post on Facebook.

  11. Thanks, Renee! I’m not a new follower, but I have now added you on Instagram. I pinned two of your graphics to my This Says It Best board. I also learned more about Little Women reading this post. I read the book and saw the movie years ago. I never had a sister, but I watch my 3 girls growing up and think what a precious gift that is. I’m visiting from Booknificent Thursdays. God bless and Merry Christmas!

  12. I did read it! The sad thing is, and this is hard to say, I really can’t remember it. But, maybe it should be a must-read-again book! Thank you!

  13. You are Beth, girlfriend, the way you share your graphics and beautiful thoughts!!!! Yes! Merry Christmas!

  14. Thank you for sharing this post. I have never read these stories. I am one of three sisters and am now wondering which sister I would be. Loved all the pictures and would love for you to share this at Sitting Among Friends on Wednesdays at http://youresewtrendy.blogspot.com

  15. It’s been too long since I’ve read this book. You’ve made me rather nostalgic for it. I might need to share it with my girls soon. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday this week! It’s a pleasure having you!
    Tina

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