About An Amish Second Christmas: My novella in this collection, A Gift for Anne Marie, is a sequel to the novella A Miracle for Miriam in An Amish Christmas. Miriam’s niece, Anne Marie, is looking forward to the upcoming Christmas holiday. She and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving…in ways everyone predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.
“Characters in each story are sweet, kind and caring. . . . Each author brings a separate writing style, creating a cozy holiday collection.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
Keeping Christmas Simple, by Kathleen Fuller
Although it’s only October, thoughts (and retail stores!) are already turning to Christmas. In my years of writing Amish fiction I’ve taken away a few tips for keeping life simple, including managing the Christmas season.
- Focus on the Reason for the Season. This saying has become cliché and for some, a bit trite, but it’s very true: Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Parties, plays, musicals, Christmas decorations, gifts—these are all fine, but Jesus is lost in the holiday shuffle, then we’ve missed the point of the holiday.
- Make family a priority. The Amish often celebrate Second Christmas—a time after Christmas day where extended family and friends get together for food, fun, and fellowship. Christmas itself is spent at home with close family. Whether you’re spending time with a few family members or as many relatives as possible, enjoy each moment together.
- It’s the thought that counts. According to media advertising, the pressure is on to give the best, and often most expensive, gifts. But sometimes the smallest token or gesture can mean more than the highest priced present.
Whatever your plans are for Christmas, make sure it’s a time of celebrating faith, family, and friends. Bask in the joy of the season. Merry Christmas!
The Scavenger Hunt Skinny:
Thanks so much for stopping by my site and participating in the new Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. Before you move on to Stop #24, which is Kathleen Fuller’s site, to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down this Stop #23 clue: A LITTLE FARTHER DOWN