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Dec 16 2013

‘Tis the Season

by Hope L

chicken_soup_christmasAfter 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

and

“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 …

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