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This collection of Chicken Soup for the Soul's favorite holiday stories, compiled from past books, is a beautiful way to spread love, happiness and hope. There is no better way to celebrate the season and give a gift of wonder and joy.

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Five ways to help you find the miracles of Christmastime
Inspired by the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Christmas Miracles by Amy Newmark

Christmastime is a season of hope and happiness and, often, new beginnings. Chicken Soup for the Soul’s editors have compiled their favorite stories of holiday miracles from their vast library and created a new collection. These stories of divine intervention, miraculous timing, holiday angels, gratitude, forgiveness, and the joy of giving prove that anything is possible and that good things do happen to good people. Here are five examples from the book:

  1. Everything’s possible at Christmastime. Unable to sing for three years, Cynthia McGonagle McGarity panicked when she was asked to stand in for a Christmas show’s lead singer. "All I could think of was my current Sunday morning attempts to sing from the church congregation, voice cracking frequently and throat sore for the rest of the day," Cynthia says. But with some practice and a prayer, she walked on stage. "What came forth surprised me," she says. "There was a clarity of tone and richness of resonance I had not been able to achieve in three years. I did it!" And she did it for all five shows. "I had been blessed to sing for so many who needed His presence," she shares. "There are miracles all around us every moment of the season and beyond into the New Year. All we have to do is look for them."
  2. Holiday angels are everywhere if we look. One Thanksgiving, single mom Ivy Olson only had three hot dogs to share with her two young sons. "I didn’t know where our next meal was going to come from," she says. "I’d reached the end of my rope." But then an elderly woman in their building invited them to dinner. They had a lovely time, and Ivy and her sons left feeling refreshed and transformed. "For the first time in a long time, I felt certain that I could face what had to be faced," Ivy says. She went to thank the woman the next day, but learned the apartment had been empty for months. "What I learned on that Thanksgiving Day," she says, "is that an hour of being loved unconditionally can truly change a life."
  3. New families are created at this time of year. As an adult, Gail Sellers never expected her childhood wish for an older brother to come true. But that’s exactly what happened one Christmas. Her cousin, the family genealogist, discovered Gail had a full sibling who had been adopted as a baby. The news came at poignant time, as Christmas amplified Gail’s grief over the loss of her only child. Discovering and connecting with her brother, she says, "brought a kind of healing — a holiday miracle just waiting to be unwrapped." Gail and her husband celebrated Christmas with her newly discovered extended family, too. "I was acutely aware of a sensation of family I’d not experienced since my parents’ passing," Gail shares. "At last, I was HOME!"
  4. It’s a time when forgiveness is within reach. For five years, Michael T. Smith didn’t talk to his brother. Angered by an e-mail, Michael had cut ties and ignored his brother’s attempts at reconnecting. "I had lived with this terrible guilt," Michael shares. Then one Christmas season, as he made his usual calls to family, Michael felt he had to fix things with his brother. "Like a jigsaw puzzle that has been dropped, the pieces had scattered everywhere," Michael writes. "It was time to gather them up and try to put them back together." He left a voicemail, which began an e-mail exchange — one that started to repair their relationship. "Since then, we have grown close again," Michael says. "We are still family."
  5. Random acts of kindness abound at this special time of year. While shopping in Target before Christmas, Vincent Olson realized he didn’t have enough money to buy the tree his seven-year-old son wanted. This was the family’s first Christmas after Vincent retired from the Air Force, and he wanted to make it special. Another shopper overheard them talking, and handed Vincent’s wife $100, with instructions to have a merry Christmas. The family honored her wish and bought the tree their son wanted. When they got home and were decorating their tree, Vincent says, "We spoke about how unbelievably kind that woman had been." That woman’s gift gave them more than a Christmas tree. "We were just... happy," Vincent shares. "Every year since, while setting up our Christmas tree, we tell the story of that kind stranger and how much her generosity meant to us."
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