Staring at the calendar I find it hard to believe that Christmas is just days away. I still have so much to do!
This time of year it's easy to get caught up in checking items off our to-do list... we forget to slow down and actually enjoy the holidays.
It reminds me of one of my favorite stories from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Is in the Air :
In her story, Caroling My Cart Out, Melissa Cutrera was rushing through her errands with her young children in tow, two in the shopping cart and one trying to keep up at her side. As they raced down the aisles, she flung things into the cart and told them not to touch anything. She was stressed and not exactly feeling any holiday joy.
But then her five-year-old daughter started singing Christmas carols, and her seven-year-old chimed in. They were singing loudly, and Melissa was worried about what people would think of this chaotic scene.
It turned out the shoppers around them loved it. They were smiling and singing along. By the time they checked out and were making their way through the parking lot, Melissa was singing, too. She had found her Christmas spirit.