TRADITIONAL COLORS: MY ADVENTURES IN AMISH CULTURE
This is our story of living alongside the Amish and their rich culture for over 12 years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Learn about the Amish through our experiences and about the pride they take in handcrafting authentic Amish goods.
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Even though the Amish don't celebrate Christmas with all the decorations and trimmings that we do, it is still one of their most important holidays. An Amish Christmas is a little more restrained than ours but is nonetheless beautiful. Folks exchange cards far and wide. Family and friends give each other gifts. Often presents among neighbors will be homemade food items like candy, loaves of bread, cakes, Shoo-fly and other pies, and fruit baskets. We’ve even received savory meat pies. The year we first moved to Lancaster, we were overwhelmed with gifts and were ill-equipped to reciprocate! That didn't matter- the Amish still give for the thrill and pleasure of giving. Sometime during Christmas week, most schools host a Christmas program. Both parents, as well as other invited family and friends, attend it. Each student, whether in Grade 1 or Grade 8, will recite a poem or act in a skit. All students will sing hymns, sometimes in high German, Pennsylvania Dutch, or English. Often the guests are invited to join in. Those who have attended a Christmas program know they have experienced something very special, something that touches