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Christmas is a magical time of year — a time of family, friends, and traditions. And all the joys, blessings, and excitement of the season are captured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic with its 101 new holiday stories covering everything from finding the perfect Christmas tree, being with family, and seeing the wonder in a child's eyes to goodwill, love, and the true meaning of Christmas. This book will delight every reader, from the young to the young at heart, and bring back the magic of the holiday season. "Santa-safe" for kids!

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Five Tips to Make Your Christmas Magic

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

Foreword by Santa Claus

The Christmas season is a joyful and magical time of year, but far too often we let the stress of shopping, cooking and other holiday chores prevent us from fully enjoying the season. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic is a reminder of the wonders of Christmas and provides 101 stories of miracles, reunions, family traditions and the joy of giving. Here are a few tips to help make this Christmas holiday special.

1. The best gift is a gift of your time. Russell Nichols and his family were used to taking excursions and traveling during the Christmas season, but one year they voted to stay home and get back to basics. In searching for fun activities to celebrate the season, they decided to sing Christmas carols and first visited and sang at a senior citizens home. The residents didn’t seem cheered up by the caroling and Russell felt like a failure — like he hadn’t made a difference. The next day, the family volunteered and served dinner at a homeless shelter and decided to sing the carols they’d practiced. The crowd was clapping and singing along! Russell realized the true meaning of giving — that the joy of Christmas has nothing to do with what you get – it’s all about what you can give back.

2. Keep the magic of Christmas alive! Marilyn Ross recalls a nostalgic memory as a young girl when her family visited relatives for Christmas in Wisconsin. Marilyn was snuggled into warm pajamas and ready for bed when it hit her that Santa might not find her 800 miles from home. Her parents assured her they’d left Santa a note and he knew exactly where to leave her presents. They told her to head off to bed and that she’d probably hear his sleigh bells and see reindeer hoof prints in the snow the next morning. Marilyn did her best to stay awake, yet remembers hearing the faint sound of bells and even seeing hoof prints the next day in the snow. It was picture perfect, warm and cozy and everything she’d ever imagined. That year Marilyn made a Christmas memory that would last her a lifetime.

3. Keep your sense of humor. Barbara Nicks experienced quite the series of comical errors as she hid the new bike she bought for her son in her attic. Much to her surprise, a plank in the attic floor gave way and left her hanging from the ceiling over her garage! Although she cut her shin, her thoughts were only that the noise would awaken her family. So she quietly freed herself and then discovered a light fixture had fallen and shattered on her husband’s beloved car! Barbara vacuumed up the glass as best she could, ignored her bleeding and pain (although she did worry she’d get a blood clot!) and went to bed. She awoke to flashes of light which turned out to be sparks from static cling! Her husband thought this was hysterically funny, and she realized that she would live long enough to have to pay all of the bills from her adventure.

4. It doesn’t have to be "perfect." More than two weeks before Christmas, Bonnie Compton Hanson was buzzing around the mall with her husband picking out a birthday gift for herself — a gift card she’d later use for Christmas shopping. Rushing out an exit that had been freshly mopped, she fell and broke her ankle! The doctor said she might need surgery but then ended up giving her an orthopedic boot and a wheelchair to get around. Bonnie was panicked and thought, "Christmas is out of the question," because she couldn’t get around and do all the shopping, baking and decorating she’d planned to make Christmas perfect for their grandkids. But Bonnie and her husband made adjustments, improvised and made the best of things — and the holiday celebration turned out as wonderful as could be!

5. Rediscover your own Christmas spirit by watching a child. Melanie Stiles’ younger daughter was disappointed that she wasn’t going to sing a solo in her school’s program after being promised one. Her older sister, who was scheduled to perform a solo piano piece, gave up her solo spot so her "squirt" younger sister could sing. Together, like angels, they sang "Silent Night" and the older sister demonstrated the true spirit of Christmas giving. In observing this touching, heartfelt moment, Melanie said her "Christmas was complete before we ever went to church or opened gifts or shared our family meal."

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