Monday, 7 January 2013

Christmas Magic - Chicken Soup for the Soul

The Story...

101 Christmas stories that will make your holidays even more magical. Share the magic and joy of Christmas with the whole family. You'll love these 101 heartwarming, inspirational, and fun stories of Christmas miracles, family reunions, charity, the wonder of children, the joy of giving, and family and religious traditions. And lots of stories about Santa too, all appropriate for children!

A Reader's Experience...

So there is something very special about Christmas that you don't get any other time of the year - something that brings out the best in people and reminds us of what is truly most important in life.

These stories reminded me that often, the meaning and purpose we all search for in our lives is closer than we realize once we are finally made to see it. Home, family, traditions - all of these are things that nobody can take away from us because they are truly something that we create and nurture ourselves and carry with us. What is special about each of these stories, then, are the unique experiences and different ways in which people are compelled to embrace the holiday spirit.

I love the stories where traditions are built around different ways of generosity and giving. Whether it is time given to an elderly neighbor, books given to military personnel, collections for someone in need or the gift of being together, it is clear that to care for someone and know that you are cared for in this world is of a value that money can't buy. A little care and thoughtfulness goes such a long way.

Finally, I am also struck by how resourceful we truly are. For the families in these stories who were away from home or had limited means to celebrate Christmas in a usual fashion, they made do with what they had. - a remote mountail village in Uganda, a home being rebuilt out of fire. I love the reminder that Christmas isn't about where you are, but about who you are with, what you do and feel together, and what you are celebrating.

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