These stories are real. No fantasy characters. Some are sad but most are happy. The stories are short and memorable.
BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It has been published so you can get a copy now.
This isn't a feel good book, things don't magically happen, but it sounds like some of the Christmases I've been at.
I liked the one that featured a horse, and several others. Give it a try, you'll find some that you can relate to, I'm sure.