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Share the magic and joy of Christmas. You'll love these heartwarming, inspirational, and fun stories of Christmas miracles, family reunions, charity, the wonder of children, the joy of giving, and family and religious traditions.

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Five ways to get the most from the gift of Christmas

Based on Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

Christmas is a joyous time of year, but sometimes the magic can get lost in the stress of finding the perfect present or entertaining family and friends. The 121 stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas, celebrate the joys of Christmas and keeping the magic alive. Here are five ways to get the most from the holiday season.

1. The best gift is a gift from your heart. Like many people, Courtney Conover felt enormous pressure when Christmas shopping for her husband, especially the year she and her husband decided to have a contest to see who could spend the closest to $77.77, in honor of their wedding date of July 7, 2007 at 7:07 p.m. Although Courtney won the challenge, with a snifter and a book about brandy, her husband’s present of a shadow box holding her high school track shoes and a framed collage of pictures from her high school track days meant so much more. "He had rummaged through several boxes of photos I had tucked away in our basement’s furnace room where I had kept nearly every photo from adolescence," Courtney says. "Unbeknownst to me, Scott had been poring over them for months." She realized she would always have the ultimate gift: her husband.

2. Keep Christmas magical for the entire family. Stefanie Wass was excited about bringing her two daughters to see Santa, even though her older daughter was outgrowing the activity. To her surprise, the preteen got into the spirit and had just as much fun as her younger daughter! On Christmas morning, both girls were delighted because the presents they had requested from Santa were under the tree. "What a beautiful sound: the spirit of the season, ringing deep within all of us," Stefanie says. "Hopefully, that’s a sound my girls will never outgrow."

3. There’s nothing wrong with practical gifts. As a young girl, Barbara Elliott Carpenter was always excited about the annual gift exchange at school. One year, instead of receiving a fun toy, her present was a red coin bank. Barbara was disappointed, but still thankful to the boy who gave it to her. As the years went by, she kept the red bank for collecting her change. As an adult, she couldn’t remember any other gift she had received in grade school except for that one. She had the bank for 45 years before it was stolen. "When I think about the bank, which is at least every Christmas, I’m reminded that expensive, material gifts do not reflect the essence or spirit of Christmas giving," Barbara writes. "The simple things, little things, sometimes even practical things given with a loving heart are the gifts that we remember, as well as those who gave them."

4. No one expects you to be perfect. Susan A. Karas had just moved into a new house and was trying to throw the perfect Christmas party, thoroughly stressing herself out in the process. Although her house wasn’t perfectly decorated and her best china plates were yet to be unpacked, the party was still a success. "It’s about the season; festive, loving and joyful," Susan says. "No one noticed what was finished and what wasn’t, they just enjoyed celebrating together."

5. Make Christmas wherever you are. Paula Maugiri Tindall felt disconnected from her new city after moving 1,500 miles away from her childhood town. Yet, she still decided to spend the holidays in her new location. Paula attended a sunrise beach service on Christmas Day, something she would have never been able to do in her cold-climate hometown and finally felt a connection to her new town. "I realized only then that it doesn’t matter geographically where my physical being is," Paula writes. "True, I was still physically far away from my hometown, but this was now my home."

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