I bought this to read to my sixth grade class in December and some of the stories they really liked and some were too sentimental to be believed and still more were just depressing. Heads up a happy ending after reading four pages about how your dad died right before Christmas does not infuse the Christmas spirit. I remember the chicken soup books when they first were popular and they had a much more fresh feeling.
My Mom was looking for my siblings and I to bring our own "Christmas Story" to Christmas dinner this past year. When I found this online, I thought it would work perfectly for the occasion. And it did!