It’s December of 1967, and Cecilia, Gloria and Loretta are all unmarried and pregnant. Cecilia has run away with her boyfriend to California to enjoy the summer of love. Gloria has anticipated her wedding night with her fiance before he is sent to Vietnam. And Loretta was raped at a party. All three wonder if they should have an abortion or consider adoption, and all spend time at Christmas Hotel, hoping to find peace and consolation.
During their stay there, they come to know the owners of the hotel – the Wrights, a Christian couple who believe in celebrating Jesus Christ’s birth every day. The three become friends, sharing their experiences and working through their problems together. Each must come to terms with what has happened, turning to God and the Wrights for support and encouragement. And each must decide if what they are carrying inside them is truly a baby deserving of life.
Christmas Redemption contains a strong pro-life message with Biblical verses supporting it. Strong on solid Christian preaching rather than plot, the story leans heavily toward Baptist teaching. I would have preferred to see the characters representing other Christian faiths, rather than strictly Baptist, so the story would have appealed to a wider audience. But if you’re looking for a nice Christmas story with a feel-good ending, Christmas Redemption would be a great choice.
Reviewer: Alice Berger