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What is significant about setting the story "A Worn Path" in December and during Christmas?

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There are two main things it seems the author was trying to accomplish by setting the story "A Worn Path" near Christmas time: one is positive while the other is negative.

On the positive side, it reinforces the theme of charity and love. Christmas is a time of family and giving, typified by selflessness and sacrifice. In the story, Old Phoenix is acting extremely selflessly in an attempt to help her grandson's sore throat. She is braving the elements and going into town to help him, which is sacrificial and kind, and the salve she seeks is representative of a Christmas gift.

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