After I heard the heartbreaking news about the family who was robbed of their Christmas gifts this week, I decided to write a blog to try and conjure up a little holiday cheer for myself.
And what better place to find it than Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Cheer by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, with its stories about the spirit of Christmas and what it really means to give.
I love that the stories are mostly short and that there are inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout the book.
“For the spirit of Christmas fulfills the greatest hunger of mankind.” – Loring A. Schuler
“We can do no great things – only small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus
“Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality and the genial flame of charity in the heart.” – Washington Irving
Yeah, well, you get the idea. Oh, “Bah Humbug!,” you say? How about these—simple and straight-to-the-point:
“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi
“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” – W.T. Ellis
Ah, yes—that’s the Christmas spirit! And Nat King Cole‘s iconic Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire playing in the background helps, too …