Holiday Hiccups Make the Best Stories

Hey, it’s Amy Newmark with your Chicken Soup for the Soul. And today is going to be fun because I’m going to share a couple of stories from our new humor collection–Chicken Soup for the Soul: Read, Laugh, Repeat—and to make it even more fun, these are holiday stories and I’m always up Christmas stories in the middle of the summer. So let’s start with a story by Janell Michael, who decided to create one of those meaningful, homemade gifts when her children were 19 and 17 and she was feeling overwhelmed by how soon they would truly be on their own. She wanted to do something for Christmas that would show them how much she loved them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Start your days with inspiration and motivation from the best of Chicken Soup for the Soul and editor-in-chief Amy Newmark. There's nothing like learning from the personal, revealing stories of other people. Amy shares her favorite stories and the wisdom, advice, and easy-to-implement tips that thousands of people have shared in 25 + years of Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Tips and advice on Mondays and Wednesdays, and interviews with fascinating writers and influencers on Friend Fridays. It’s Chicken Soup for the Soul to go!