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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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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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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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About The Amish Culture: An Amish Alphabet

Many people are fascinated with the Amish culture and the people’s simple ways of life. Some people write books on the culture. Others know it up close and personally, and THEN they write books about the Amish. Such is the case for Ingrid Hess, who held a book signing in Shipshewana. Ms. Hess is author of the …

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The Amish Don’t Step on their Grapes, Lucy Ricardo

The “I Love Lucy” scene is famous: Lucy and Ricky go to Italy, and Lucy finds herself in the middle of a huge grape vat, squashing grapes with her feet. Not so famous is a different way of getting grape juice from the beautiful fruit. My Amish friend, Miss Lydia, showed me how she makes …

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Ten Reasons to Love Hollow Ridge Lodging

Of all the articles I have written on lodging in Shipshewana & LaGrange County, almost all the places featured provide access to the local culture. Hollow Ridge Lodging is the most unique for numerous reasons, and one of the eight reasons listed below might just be why you choose to stay here. Reason One: Hollow Ridge Lodging is …

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August Afternoon with a Traditional Amish Quilter

August 18.  Ah…bare feet on grass, shade breeze surrounding me, I plop onto a welcoming garden chair, catching my breath and soul after a fun but very busy week in Shipshewana quilt country. Amish Quilter’s Home on a quiet August afternoon I’m a long stone’s throw from my shop, sitting in a friend’s former Herb …

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Amish Weddings

During the first part of June, I happened to be driving past an Amish home on a dirt county road, on my way to visit Mahlon, my Amish friend who sometimes contributes to our blogs. At this house, dozens of buggies were parked in a field, and in the distance near the home, a huge …

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Big House, Little Woods – Big on Amish Surroundings

Each time I visit a bed and breakfast, I declare that one my favorite. So far, I have six favorites. Each one is as unique as the owners who invite their guests into the homes. Welcome to Big House in the Little Woods Bed & Breakfast Today makes my seventh favorite as I visited Big House …

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