Christmas Countdown!

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.

Happy Holidays!


Chicken Soup for the Soul has been “changing lives one story at a time”® since 1993 with more than 250 books that provide hope, inspiration, and tips for a better life. Virtually every title becomes a self-help bestseller. Each book contains 101 true, personal stories submitted by ordinary people with extraordinary experiences to share. The topics are wide-ranging, but always inspirational and entertaining, covering everything from faith and spirituality to family, marriage, pets, and overcoming challenges of all kinds. Life values such as gratitude, forgiveness, mindfulness, positive thinking, and giving back are a big part of the series, with specific self-help books that help readers of all ages, from children to the elderly.