Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

The Gift of Christmas

December 26th, 2015

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~Isaiah 9:6 ESV

 

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With Christmas just behind us, I still enjoy dwelling on all the wonderfulness of the season. The older that I get, I find that I love GIVING GIFTS more than receiving them. There is something fulfilling about picking out something for someone that you just know they are going to love!

 

And isn’t that what Christmas is supposed to be about? God sent down His only Son for us! The most wonderful Christmas gift of all. 

 

In Luke 1, Mary is visited by the angel who says that she will bear the Christ. Mary is the recipient of God’s grace, just as we all are.

 

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” ~Luke 1:38 ESV

 

Mary’s response to the angel is both inspiring and humbling. By exhibiting the faith to accept God’s gift, Mary will be blessed throughout all generations as the mother of the Son of God (1:45).

 

But Mary recognizes that this gift is from God and so she gives Him all the praise (1:46-47). She knew that by accepting God’s gift, her life would be changed drastically. She would no doubt be subject to ridicule in her community. Mary though decided to rest on God’s will for her life.

 

What gift did you enjoy GIVING the most this year?

Enjoying the Christmas Season

December 10th, 2015

Gift of ChristmasThere is just something about the Christmas season that I love.

Perhaps it is listening to Christmas music ALL. THE. TIME. 

Maybe it is the never-ending dinners and family get-togethers. 

Or perhaps it is the excitement of figuring out what to get others for Christmas. 

Whatever the reason may be, there is no doubt that I love Christmas. And it is something that the Woodsmall family loved as well.

Changing Traditions Novella Cover

In my new novella, Changing Traditions, Christmas plans are being discussed with the family during Thanksgiving dinner. A unifying thought can be heard — this Christmas would be the best yet because it was the first Christmas after the Civil War was over.

However, the sisters can’t exactly agree on what traditions to celebrate. 

Carolyn, from a more traditional perspective, would like to bake cookies, celebrate St. Lucia Day, string popcorn garland for the Christmas tree, and make wreaths.

Laura would much rather prefer something completely different – more modern.

Having her hands full with two suitors AND two arguing sisters, Bethany hardly knows which side she’s on.

Sometimes the families that are the closest can have the most hurtful disagreements. Preparing for the Christmas of 1865 was rough for all the Woodsmalls. But even though they had different opinions, somehow a compromise must be made before Christmas so the celebration could be enjoyed.

How about you?? Do you have certain traditions that you enjoy at the Christmas season?

Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old