The soul of giving and sharing is evident throughout the 101 true, personal stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. Readers will be uplifted by stories that tell of communities coming together to help the less fortunate and getting through tough times. You will undoubtedly get ideas about how to make the holiday more joyful – less about receiving and more about giving from the heart. Be prepared to be inspired by these tales of giving, gratitude and kindness. There are creative ways to make your own holidays even more special, with new plans for family fun, gift ideas and recipes.
The short stories convey a message, often with humor and always with warmth. In the case of Valerie Testa Almquist’s “Plastic Santa,” what began as a game in the car with her preschool son, developed over time to a tradition, based upon the game that continued for more than a quarter century. It ultimately involved more and more family members and friends. It is a perfect reminder of how life’s little moments can lead us down a path where the journey itself is not only pleasant, but with memories to last a lifetime.
These 101 real-life personal stories are filled with the cheer of the season, leaving readers smiling and eager to share the holiday spirit all the way from Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year’s. The stories in this collection are “Santa safe,” so they will keep the Christmas magic alive, even for young, precocious readers!
About the Author
Amy Newmark is author, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.
Valerie Testa Almquist from West Caldwell, New Jersey, is one of the contributors to the book. She authored “Look Back Move Forward,” an inspirational, historical fiction adventure story. Her story “Mother-Daughter Connection” was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Best Mom Ever! Her story “Familiar Words” appeared in the March/April 2018 edition of Writer’s Digest.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas is available at many major retailers, including Target and Barnes and Noble, as well as Amazon.