Famous people from movie and television stars to Presidents of the United States and Popes and religious of all faiths remember Christmas when it was joyful or they were in need of spiritual help. For anyone, of any faith or none at all, but especially those approaching the holiday with TMS stress or anxiety, I will post a chapter a day from my new book, CHRISTMAS WITH THE FAMOUS, in the hope that they will bring some cheer to your holiday. Christmas with Dom DeLuise (1933-2009), entertainer, author Don DeLuise, born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933, he became a movie and television comedian and author of popular cookbooks. In 1992 he recalled his most memorable Christmas: “Christmas is at best a busy time for everyone, and even though we try to remember to keep the Christ in Christmas, very often we are overwhelmed with Santa Claus’s tinsel and Aunt Sophie’s scarf. “One Christmas about fifteen years ago, I was over-Christmased; rushing, shopping, and wrapping when I should’ve been snoozing, napping, and counting my blessings. In an unguarded moment, Michael, my seven-year-old son, came up to me and asked, ‘What do you want for Christmas?’ “Thoughtlessly and rashly I responded to my impressionable child, ‘Happiness, and you can’t give it to me!’ “My wife Carol looked to the ceiling and said, ‘Oh, Dom.’ “Three hurried days later it was Christmas morning, and I found myself opening a very light present wrapped oh so carefully by Michael, who handed it to me with a big smile. “I opened the box, and inside I discovered a piece of cardboard upon which Michael had written with a bright red crayon the word HAPPINESS in big, bold letters. “Michael said, ‘See, Dad, I can give you happiness.’ “Ever since that Christmas, Santa Claus’s tinsel and Aunt Sophie’s scarf have never gotten in the way of my seeing the Christ in Christmas.” CHRISTMAS WITH THE FAMOUS by Walter Oleksy Best ordered in paperback from CreateSpace e-store The book includes Christmas with Jane Addams, Louisa May Alcott, June Allyson, Cleveland Amory, Maya Angelou, Gene Autry, Lucille Ball, Drew Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Sister Wendy Beckett, Robert Benchley, Ingrid Bergman, Irving Berlin, HalleBerry, Joe Biden, Humphrey Bogart, Irma Bombeck, Pat Boone, George Burns, George & Laura Bush, Truman Capote, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy & Rosalyn Carter, Cesar Chavez, Bill & Hillary Clinton, Rosemary Clooney, Claudette Colbert, Ronald Colman, Joan Crawford, Walter Cronkite, Bing Crosby, Olivia de Havilland, Dolores Del Rio, Dom Deluise, Greek Archbishop Demetrios, Princess Diana, Charles Dickens, Placido Domingo, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Queen Elizabeth II, Myrlie Evers Williams, Pope Francis, St. Francis of Assisi, Clark Gable, Lady Gaga, Greer Garson, Lillian Gish, John Glenn, Rudolph Giuliani, Whoopi Goldberg, Barry Goldwater, Bob Hope, Billy Graham, Charlton Heston, Alfred Hitchcock, J. Edgar Hoover, Rex Humbard, Michael Jackson, Pope John XXII, Pope John Paul II, Angelina Jolie, Van Johnson, Garrison Keiller, John F. Kerry, John F. and Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy, Coretta Scott King, Charles Kuralt, Alan Ladd, Harper Lee, Vivien Leigh, C.S. Lewis, Marlene Dietrich, Madeleine L’Engle, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Lindbergh, Art Linkletter, James A. Lovell, Saint Luke, Peter Marshall, John McCain, Margaret Mead, Thomas Merton, Clement Clarke Moore, Mary Tyler Moore, Grandma Moses, Audie Murphy, Jay Robert Nash, St. Nicholas, Conan O’Brien, Barack and Michelle Obama, Maureen O’Hara, Dolly Parton, Norman Vincent Peale, Elvis Presley, Brad Pitt, Dan Rather, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Oral Roberts, Norman Rockwell, Ginger Rogers, Mitt Romney, William Saroyan, James & Franklin D. Roosevelt, Robert H. Schuller, Charles Schultz, Pete Seeger, Rod Serling, Cardinal Francis Joseph Spellman, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Danielle Steele, James Stewart, W. Clement Stone, Ed Sullivan, Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley Temple, Mother Teresa, Studs Terkel, John Travolta, Harry S. Truman, Mark Twain, Dionne Warwick, Booker T. Washington, George Washington, John Wayne, Johnny Weissmuller, Lawrence Welk, Oprah Winfrey, Alexander Wolcott, and others.