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Christmas in the Amish Home (part 1)

Christmas in the Amish Home (part 2)

History of the Amish Quilt (part 1)

History of the Amish Quilt (part 2)

The Development of American Folk and Amish Quilts (part 1)

The Development of American Folk and Amish Quilts (part 2)

Preparing an Amish Wedding (part 1)

Preparing an Amish Wedding (part 2)

How Do Amish Women Make Money (part 1)

How Do Amish Women Make Money (part 2)

Christmas in the Amish Home (part 2)

 

The traditional Christmas dinner is usually the highlight of the Christmas celebration in the Amish home.  These meals are generally very elaborate and similar in nature to the Amish wedding dinners which might include roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, salads, fruits, breads, cakes, cookies, pies, and candies.  Just about every Amish family holds some sort of Christmas meal and gathering.  Because of this, many of the Christmas celebrations continue on well into February since it would be impossible to go to all of the gatherings in just two short days.

 

At the Amish schoolhouse, a Christmas program is usually planned and it is one of the most anticipated events of the year.  Amish children may spend weeks, months, or even the entire year in preparation for the annual Christmas program that will be presented to the entire Amish community.  The Amish children will make decorations, sing songs, tell stories, read poems, and put on stage plays in order to celebrate the meaning of Christmas.  Many times these presentations are humorous in nature and are one of the few times that they are allowed to "perform" in front of an audience.  Special Amish cookies and candies might be made, served, and exchanged.  Gifts such as specially made Amish quilts, toys, or other wooden crafts might be exchanged between the children or the teacher.

 

Outdoor games are usually enjoyed by the Amish children during this time of year.  In areas where it snows, the children will race down the hills on their sleds or saucers.  Ice skating, ice hockey, and volleyball are popular activities amongst Amish children.  Snowball fights and snowman building are common winter activities this time of year in the Amish communities.  Most Amish children continue going to school throughout the Christmas season because they are usually let out earlier than non-Amish children in preparation for the coming spring harvest.

 

Non-Amish visitors might also be invited to join in on the Amish Christmas celebrations as well.  While the Amish shun modern society, this does not mean they don’t have non-Amish or "English" friends and acquaintances.  Many Amish families work at non-Amish companies or conduct business with those not involved in the Amish faith and community.  They are often considered good friends and are invited to the Christmas program at the Amish school or for a meal at their homes.  If the Amish community practices the exchange of Christmas cards, it is usually for their non-Amish friends.  These cards are always made by hand and are often put together by the whole family.  Gifts of specially made cookies or candies are often given to friends and acquaintances outside the Amish community.

 

Overall, the main focus of the Christmas season in the Amish home is to honor and celebrate the Christ child.  While much time is devoted to prayer and scripture, spending time with the family in relaxation and laughter is just as important to the Amish community.


Christmas in the Amish Home (part 1)




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