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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A few short years ago, I was a retailer going into the Christmas season with a sinus infection. I invariably suffer from sinus problems, so this wasn’t unusual. I had no energy, but coming home one evening from the doctor with my husband, I told him I needed to go across the road to see my Amish friend Barbie. I just needed to share a quick message with her. It was early December, and darkness falls so early at this time of year. Blackness enveloped our truck as we passed onto the road.
In a word, yes, but so are many other people. I am also Pennsylvania Dutch, but you wouldn’t be able to distinguish me from any other typical American. The term Pennsylvania Dutch is not exactly accurate. The word Dutch is a corrupted form of the actual German word for German, which is, in fact, Deutsch. Scholars have argued whether the usage of the word Deutsch to describe these people meant the language or the people who spoke the language. I don’t think it matters--- what’s important is that the name Pennsylvania Dutch has come to refer to a group of German-speaking immigrants from the Palatinate region and some other areas of Germany, many of whom were caught in the snare of the Protestant Reformation. Some of these