Category Archive: Christmas

Dec 25

Merry Christmas from RUBY!

May the joy of the season bless your home and family as you celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

Dec 24

Three Tips for Healthier Holiday Partying by Katie Robles

Tis the season of holiday parties and truly fabulous food! We drool in anticipation with each invitation, but we also start to wonder what we’ll look like on the other side of the New Year. Here are three tips for a healthier holiday party season.

Dec 23

“Home” by Mary Dolan Flaherty

I don’t know about you, but I love to come home. I enjoy traveling, going out with friends, and running errands, but I always love coming home. I might be gone for a week or an hour, but as soon as I walk in the door, I feel relief. I’m where I belong. I love coming home, and I love being home.

Dec 22

“The Stars Rejoice at the Savior’s Birth” by Rejetta Morse

Now that the birth of the savior is born to us on earth, the fiery stars gather with joy to celebrate his birth. The silver stars sparkle beneath the midnight velvet sky. “Rejoice – rejoice.” They shout and sing and gleam as they sing.

Dec 21

“The Christmas Blessing” by Sharmelle Olson

As you get into the spirit of Christmas what is it that you see off in a distance?
You may be able to praise God and witness the good and magnificent silence.
As we give our gifts here at Christmas time it is the time to think of giving not receiving,
Yes, it’s a time to receive gift too but give time to the Lord at the same time you are receiving.

Dec 21

“Within the Shadows” by Beth Brubaker

Santa, sleighs and colors bright, illuminate the dark of night, but do not glorify the plight of the baby in the shadows.

Dec 19

“The Blue Ornament” by Kim Kluxen Meredith

David, I know you are watching from Heaven. Please be with me during my surgery and help me not to be scared. My half-opened eyes nervously squinted back in the mirror. That morning in the pre-dawn chill of my bathroom I felt an intense desire to talk with my late husband. Perhaps God would let David hold my hand from afar.

Dec 17

“Christmas Nuts” by Beth Brubaker

There are some benefits for not having excessive funds for Christmas shopping. I don’t have to deal with the loonies out there trying to find a bargain. Or so I thought.

Dec 15

Tips and Tricks for Hosting Holiday Guests

With the holidays in gear, it seems everyone is traveling to visit loved ones. For most of us, that means either staying with family or having family stay with us. For me, my in-laws come in from out of town and stay with us for the week of Christmas. Having a big family of our own, my husband and I take extra measures to make sure everyone is comfortable while there are an extra two people around. With kids in the house, it sometimes gets a little hectic, so we try to make sure my husband’s parents are as comfortable as possible. Here are a few of my tips to make sure your guests feel at home.

Dec 13

“Planning a Christmas Open House” by Beth Brubaker

It’s that time of year – too many friends and family members want to come over and visit during the Christmas holidays, but you just don’t have the time to host that many dinners! But what can you do to stem the chaos, yet enjoy spending time with everyone? Plan a Christmas Open House!

Dec 05

Christmas Tree Birdhouse Ornament from Katherine Corrigan of Katherine’s Corner

Such an adorable tiny birdhouse to decorate your Christmas tree or add to any holiday display! Be sure to visit Katherine’s Corner for weekly creative inspiration, giveaways, and her Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

Dec 03

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” by Nina Newton

This is the time of year when we begin to see and hear all of the seasonal preparations for Christmas . . . as described in that well-known holiday favorite song, “the most wonderful time of the year.” Except for those among us who do not find that the holidays are a wonderful time at all.

Dec 03

“No Bells Ringing” by Pat Jeanne Davis

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” The words coming from the fellowship hall’s sound system rang in Melanie’s ear. She walked toward her spot through a crowded room, hauling a large metal table. Today was the annual Christmas bazaar at the town’s Baptist church, and Mel was there to sign copies of a …

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Dec 02

“The Perfect Christmas” by Alisha Ritchie

Recently, a friend asked me to describe my favorite Christmas memory. I struggled to think of just the right memory, the perfect Christmas. The one that stood out from the rest like a Hershey Kiss in a pile of peppermints.

I searched my mind and heart for memories of Christmases past, from my own childhood all the way to when my kids were small and the wonder of Santa was very magical.

Dec 02

“Cookies Galore” by Sarah Johnson

Christmas traditions are a special part of everyone’s holiday season. Here is one of our favorites! Sarah Johnson shares with us her love of one Christmas tradition, “Cookies Galore!” We would love to hear about some of YOUR favorite Christmas traditions so we can share them with the members, readers, and followers of RUBY magazine.

Dec 01

“Christmas Houses” by Nells Wasilewski

As Christians we have a responsibility to witness to unbelievers, by showing love and respect for one another. God is working through us when we minister to the needy, treat those who are hurting with gentle care, feed the hungry and clothe the poor.

Dec 02

“I have wrestled with the light” by Heather C. King

I have wrestled with light against darkness this year and I have won.

It was a hard-earned victory, though, so while I have conquered, I am weary. For a start, I slipped together the parts of our pre-lit Christmas tree, plugged it in and noticed burnt-out bulbs dotting the tree here and there. Only, I couldn’t find the replacement bulbs. Anywhere.

Dec 02

“I Need a Silent Night” by Ruth O’Neil

One of the things that I really enjoy doing during the holidays is just sitting in the living room with the Christmas tree, all the lights turned off except for the tree lights, and just soak it all in. I pray for those that come to mind and worship quietly, thankful for my Salvation that was born on Christmas Day.

Dec 19

“THE GOOD SHEPHERD” by Donna B. Comeaux

“THE GOOD SHEPHERD” by Donna B. Comeaux The nocturnal evening was clear, cold, and quiet.  Except for tiny specks of twinkling light, nothing else disturbed the patent leathered sky.  Bleats filled the air as shepherds made their way to hillsides to begin their watch.  Just before darkness consumed the earth, shepherds inspected the herds one …

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Dec 15

“Consider the Hockey Puck” by Heather King

I’ve been hit in the face with a hockey puck. A basketball bounced off my head a few times in elementary school and broke my glasses at least once. A softball came hurtling at me when I was about 13 or so and slammed into my side. Most people, you know, see balls zooming through …

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Dec 12

“The Importance of You” by Maxine Young

The Importance of You One of my favorite Christmas Carols is See Amid the Winter’s Snow. The melody is beautiful and the message it conveys, is equally important and awe inspiring – Jesus came to Earth to redeem us from our sins. Finally, the day comes and Mary gives birth to Jesus. She wraps Him …

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Dec 12

“Tell Me a Story” by Ingrid Lochamire

We have entered the most holy of seasons, a time of anticipation, celebration and recognition of Christ, the promised Messiah. Events and images of past Nativity seasons are stamped in my memory, like pictures on a Christmas card. Perhaps it is the same for you. A few friends will join me to share favorite Christmas …

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Dec 08

“Packing a Shoebox” by Heather King

“Packing a Shoebox” by Heather King   Every year, the Operation Christmas Child videos turn me into a tearful mess, just watching children from around the world cheering and dancing because they receive one simple box for Christmas. Maybe inside they find a toothbrush and toothpaste….or a toy car….or some hair clips. That’s enough to …

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Dec 05

“And the soul felt its worth…” by Philippa Smyth

“Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.” I love this line from the carol O Holy Night.  Our Soul wants to feel of worth, of value. And we all search for that worth. We can rush around life looking for it in status, possessions and prestige, in appearances and position. But inevitably they fail …

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Dec 05

“A Change of Heart – A Christmas Story” by Donna B. Comeaux

“A Change of Heart – A Christmas Story” by Donna B. Comeaux

“I’ve decided to skip Christmas this year,” I said to my granddaughter, Angie, as I got on Highway 169 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“Grandma, you did that last year.” Angie dropped her cell-phone-clasped-hands in her lap. Her brows furrowed as she stared at me. Due to the economy, the threat of furloughs, she hadn’t gotten anything from me last year and probably wondered if I’d leave her off my Christmas list again this year.

Dec 03

“Poinsettia Craft” by Katherine Corrigan

Here at Ruby for Women, we are honored that our special friend Katherine, from Katherine’s Corner, so generously shares her craft projects and seasonal recipes with us. Here is her latest holiday craft that you can do for your home this Christmas season.

Dec 01

“Harps of Gold” by Miriam Jacob

The sound of music
fills the air,
as gentle winds
strum softly
on the strings
of harps of gold.

Nov 07

“Christmas Cookie Swap Linky Party” by Katherine Corrigan

The Christmas Cookie Swap Linky Party is ready for your cookie recipes.Lets get your holiday season off to a delicious start with some great cookie recipes for all of your holiday gatherings. The Christmas Cookie Swap Linky Party will be open to add your cookie recipes old and new through December 20th. Share your cookies, cookie bars, …

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Dec 18

Homemade Cranberry Sauce from the kitchen of Marie Dittmer at Healthy Ideas Place

Cranberry sauce is traditionally served at Thanksgiving, but when we discovered this recipe on Marie’s blog, Healthy Ideas Place, we just had to share it with our readers! Not only is it a healthy alternative to the canned cranberry sauce that you can buy at the grocery store, it is easy to make and it’s …

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