This week Awesome Stories brings you music and stories to inspire you for the holidays.
For me, stories and music are the core of what it means to be human. We express our ideas, lessons, and values with our stories. And we express our feelings and share our stories energetically with music. They both have the power to transmit energy and feelings from one person to another. May we use their power intentionally to uplift others.
Here are 6 heartwarming Christmas stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul published in Reader’s Digest. My favorite is #2 about the Christmas Spirit Prank. I won’t spoil it but simply share that the story demonstrates the power of love and giving in a most tender way. The other tearjerker was the story of Pepper’s Last Gift reminding us that simple acts of giving are often what touches us the most deeply.
This Christmas Flashmob brought me tears of joy.
Moonlight Christmas Wishes is a poem I wrote a couple of years ago to express my heart’s desire for peace on earth.
plays quietly in the night
painting a sacred dressing
full of yuletide blessings
a wish upon the north star
for children near and far
a safe and cozy home
with space to roam
a fire in the hearth
and peace on earth
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Lindsey Stirling is a master musician who injects so much passion and fun into her performances.
I learned about this wonderful tradition from the bestselling book Christmas Jars by Jason Wright. It’s a very touching book that highlights the story of Hope Jensen and her efforts to spread goodwill with her family’s Christmas Jar Tradition. The idea is that you use a glass jar to collect spare change all year long and then give it away to someone in need at Christmas time. For many folks, an extra $100 or $200 can make a huge difference in their life, and more importantly, remind them that they are loved and hope is possible. I’m going to start my own Christmas Jar this year. It will be fun to build up to the gift all year as I collect the change. My desire to help others in need is why I volunteer at a local food pantry called LifeSource.
May you spread love and hope to many hearts this year.
Happy Holidays! 🎄🎅🏼🎁☃️💖🎄