Why has the girls’ mother asked that presents not be given for Christmas this year?
Nobody spoke for a minute; then Meg said in an altered tone, “You know the reason Mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas was because it is going to be a hard winter for everyone; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in the army. We can’t do much, but we can make our little sacrifices, and ought to do it gladly. But I am afraid I don’t,” and Meg shook her head, as she thought regretfully of all the pretty things she wanted.
“But I don’t think the little we should spend would do any good. We’ve each got a dollar, and the army wouldn’t be much helped by our giving that. I agree not to expect anything from Mother or you, but I do want to buy Undine and Sintran for myself. I’ve wanted it so long,” said Jo, who was a bookworm.”
Alcott Louisa May. Little Women. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1922. Print.
It is going to be a very cold, long winter and they will need the money for fuel so the girls won’t suffer from the cold.
She wants the girls to save each of their dollars to use after the men come home from the army.
The winter will be hard for everyone and she doesn’t think the girls should spend money for pleasure when the soldiers are suffering.
She wants the girls to use their dollars for pretty things for themselves, instead of presents for others.
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