I love reading Louisa May Alcott's Christmas stories as they embody the Christmas spirit. Writing in the style of her time (19th century stories teaching moral lessons, known as didactic stories), Louisa's stories not only taught children the meaning of giving but gave the poor a name and a story. The rich were not demonized and the poor were elevated. Louisa's idea of Christian charity was eminently practical, showing resourcefulness and creative thinking on the part of her characters both young and old. Enjoy!