Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

What Christmas Means To Me

December 24th, 2014

What Christmas means to meTo me, Christmas is a time of family, traditions, peace, and Christ. Obviously Christmas means something different to everyone, but I absolutely love it!


FAMILY. I love my family. I am grateful for the priority it is to always celebrate Christmas (and other holidays) with them. Every year, my immediate family always has our own Christmas celebration after the Christmas Eve service at church. Then, Christmas morning, we go to my grandparent’s house for brunch. After eating, we read the Nativity story and then open presents. Later in the afternoon, we go over to my other grandparent’s house for fondue and to open presents. I am extremely blessed that all my family lives close by and we are able to celebrate together.


TRADITIONS. If you ask anyone in my family, they will tell you that I love looking back at traditions and memories we’ve started as well as making new events traditions. Some traditions we have are always “acting out” the Nativity story at my grandparents. My grandfather will find a different style each year and we always enjoy being different characters.


PEACE. This year especially, I am thankful for God’s peace that can envelope those hurting. My cousin’s family is dealing with the death of their uncle and I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it will be to celebrate. I am so thankful that Christ brought an everlasting peace which can comfort those hurting.


CHRIST. This, I feel, is sometimes overlooked but oh so prominent! What if Christ never came as a humble baby in a manger? What if Mary wasn’t willing to trust God? What if God didn’t want to send his Son into a world in which he would be killed? Everything would be different. But it’s not. Christ truly came as a baby for YOU and ME! He came to show us humility, demonstrate peace, and save the world.



What words come to your mind when thinking about Christmas? What does Christmas mean to YOU??

3 Tips to Craft Deliberate Dialog

December 11th, 2014

If there is one thing I love, it is dialog. Friends and family who are critiquing my work are always telling me that I use too much. But how? I love dialog!


I think it is important to remember a few tips when writing conversations. Here are some tips that have helped me in my writing:


1. Try to have conversations with just two people = This is important because it doesn’t allow for the reader to get confused about who is talking. It also keeps you as the writer less confused! When you are only using two people, you can eliminate the “he said” and “she said”. This can allow for longer, direct conversations and allows you to use lots of dialog.


2. Have one person “speak”, but describe the rest of the conversation in a paragraph form = This allows you to insert a lot of conversation, but it can allow the story to move quicker. Lots of dialog can slow the plot down, so when you can use descriptive paragraphs as a part of the conversation, it helps everything to flow.


3. Tell, but also show = If you do have a long period in which a character is talking, make sure you add some action as to what they are doing while they are talking. This way, you don’t bore your reader and you are also adding some excitement to the conversation.


So what do you think? Are these tips helpful for you?


Are you a conversationalist or more descriptive?? Comment below!!

December To-Do List

December 4th, 2014

take a walkSo it is the fourth day of December. That came super quickly for me! How fun would it be to have a December to-do list and find a way to make the most of the Christmas season?


Here is my list of things to do this month. I’ll try to post pictures in the middle of the month of anything I might have crossed since now. Should be such fun!!



1. Go Christmas Caroling — there is something so wonderful about Christmas caroling. I love going around with family and friends, singing Christmas carols. “Tis the most wonderful time of the year!!”


2. Ice-skating – so I did this for the first time last year and absolutely LOVED it! Definitely want to make ice-skating apart of my yearly traditions.


3. Make a popcorn garland – this is something I have always wanted to do! After reading historical fiction books, its like, how could you not want to make one?


4. Bake Christmas cookies – Can’t go through a holiday season without baking cookies!


5. Host/Attend a Christmas Party – I’m thinking festive decorations, gifts, cookie baking, and going all out! Yes?


6. Make ornaments and/or snow-globe – I’ve been pinteresting and I saw some snow-globes and really cute Christmas ornaments I’d like to try my hands at making.


7. Build a snowman – who doesn’t want to build a snowman? Last year, my sister, brother, and I built a pretty tall one, so we’ll see how big we get this year!


8. Go sledding – ever since I was young, I’ve always gone sledding at my grandparents house, so why stop? It makes the season!


9. Sleep under the Christmas tree – another tradition, but one that I haven’t done for a year or so. I’d love to start doing this again because it brings with it so many happy memories.


10. Have a Christmas movie night – Hallmark movies or classics!


Now, drum roll please. Here is my old-fashioned dream that I have been longing to do!


* Go on a sleigh ride*


So we’ll see if I can actually accomplish these before December 31st! Anyone interested in joining me? Chime in the comments if you “check off” something on your December to-do list!


Enjoy your Christmas season! 

Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old