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Do the Amish Celebrate Christmas?

Do the Amish celebrate Chrsitmas?

You probably won’t find decorated trees, hanging wreaths, or wrapped mp3 players in an Amish home during the holidays, but you will find the spirit of Christmas alive and well.

As I was out and about these last few weeks visiting LaGrange County/Shipshewana retailers, I would ask some of the Amish about whether they celebrate Christmas.

Everyone answered yes, the Amish communities in our area do celebrate Christmas.

I guess the better term is “observe” rather than celebrate. The Amish observe the Christian significance of Christmas, when 2,000 years ago the Christ child was born to the Virgin Mary.

When I asked how the holiday was honored, most of the answers were very similar as well.

Here’s one way the Amish enjoy Christmas together.
Most said they had numerous family gatherings. When Amish families gather, it’s an all-day affair. Everyone brings food. The entire extended family assembles. ...

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Winter Gardening

You are probably thinking, winter gardening, how can that happen when everything is frozen?  Well, I am talking about sitting down with a cup of hot tea, your favorite throw and the bevy of seed catalogs that are about to arrive.  But before you get all nestled in, look out your windows to survey your …

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Planning for Next Years Vegetable Garden

I will confess that I am not the worlds’ greatest garden planner.  I am more of the “oh hey this looks cool, I think I will give it a try” kind of gardener.  That kind of thinking does not always work out well.  But, seriously, when it comes to growing an attractive, productive garden, planning …

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Skip Techie Stuff & Get REAL toys for your Kids

Picture this: No iPods, smartphones, or computers. No videos or digital games. Instead, you get imagination, movement, and discovery. Sounds almost too good to be true, but Christmas shopping for your kids in Shipshewana makes those kind of non-techie dreams come true! Truth is, you’ll find kid-related gifts in just about any store, but below, …

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Knowledge to Grow – The Ruby Reds of Winter

I am a big fan of shrubs with red berries for brightening the winter landscape.  They also provide a food source for wildlife and come in quite handy for using in holiday décor. One of my favorites is Winterberry (Ilex verticillata). It is a native, deciduous shrub that is related to the evergreen hollies but …

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Guys: Here’s Your Christmas Shopping List

Dear Special Man: I’m really quite easy to buy for at Christmas. I don’t want small appliances, or large appliances for that matter. I don’t want anything that implies or resembles “work.” I want indulgence, not expensive. I want thought, not impulse. I want to sing, “You make me feel like a natural woman.” And …

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Plant Hardiness in the Landscape

All of us have recently been made aware of how much the outside temperatures can fluctuate during the late fall/ winter season.  Woody plants are able to survive freezing temperatures because of the metabolic changes that happen within the plant with the changing of the seasons.  You have heard terms such as cold hardy, frost hardy …

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Shipshewana Neighbors Middlebury’s Essenhaus Inn

Northern Indiana’s Amish communities reach across county lines, and since Shipshewana & LaGrange County neighbors Elkhart County, it just wouldn’t be right not to talk about our friends over there. Only a ten minute drive from Shipshewana is the little town of Middlebury, Indiana, home to the Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center, retail shops, Heritage …

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