9 responses to Amish Christmas: Cards, Canada, and Carols
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    Debbie H
    Comment on Amish Christmas (December 21st, 2017 at 10:07)

    Amish Christmas

    AS always Amish ways of celebrating are simple, family oriented and peaceful. No running around for last minute gifts, no stressing over whose party to attend, no exhaustion from all the stress. Most important of all is that the focus is where it is suppose to be, the gift of Jesus Christ to a hurting world. Just joy and peace all around. Sigh. Wish I had been raised Amish sometimes.

    Merry Christmas Erik

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    Comment on Ruth Streicher & Others re Catholics and Christmas (December 21st, 2017 at 14:49)

    Ruth Streicher & Others re Catholics and Christmas

    Ruth Streicher & Others:
    Please see my comments regarding Catholics and Christmas,
    under “Catholic Christmas” posted on December 21, 2017.
    Br. Jeremy

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      Comment on Not graven images (December 21st, 2017 at 14:53)

      Not graven images

      Please note my comments under “Catholic Christmas” and the use
      of statues, not being idolatrous graven images, to recall the
      birth of Jesus. Brother Jeremy

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        Comment on Amish Christmas: Cards, Canada, and Carols (December 22nd, 2017 at 07:27)

        Thanks for your comments, Brother Jeremy. Since the comment you are referring to appears on another post, I’ll share the link here – I believe this is the one you meant: http://amishamerica.com/5-ways-the-amish-celebrate-christmas/comment-page-1/#comment-177297

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    Comment on Amish Christmas: Cards, Canada, and Carols (December 21st, 2017 at 15:57)

    Pleased to see some common sense neighborly talk on cards.
    Neighbors should be like extended family to a certain degree.
    Don’t get brainwashed by the media.

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    Comment on Graven images (December 22nd, 2017 at 06:41)

    Graven images

    I think the graven images commandment is not understood or observed too much these days, but our culture idolizes famous people in a sense more than various “gods”. Certainly not only catholics have nativity scenes at Christmas! As a child I loved nativity scenes and especially Joseph helped represent the sanctity of fatherhood in a family unit. So much divorce has happened since that time and the precious feeling of the nativity has been lost in a sense. The graven image commandment is something i don’t understand so much. I think in pagan religions different gods were idolized more or perhaps take hinduism as an example in the same sense. Jesus was the messiah and in the bible it says he was the Lord among us. Christian values are good but is Jesus really God and was he meant to be worshipped as God? I don’t know.

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    Comment on Amish Christmas: Cards, Canada, and Carols (December 23rd, 2017 at 14:25)

    Amish celebrate Christmas the way it was celebrated in most of the western world prior to commercialization of the Holiday. Santa, the reindeer, snowmen, etc, as we known them today were born in the 1800-1900s.

    1. Santa was not a jolly fat guy in a red suit until the mid-1800s. Nowadays he is almost portrayed as a cartoon character (i.e. with no connection to religion).

    2. People placed candles in their windows prior to the invention of lighting. That is where the the whole lighting came from. Back then it was a simply candle. Now people place multi-colored lights, strobe lights, cutouts, and all other kinds of decorations. Almost none of it having to do with Jesus.

    The candle represented his birth (the birth of Christ), which is why people today also light candles on their birth cakes.

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    Comment on Amish Christmas: Cards, Canada, and Carols (December 26th, 2017 at 16:37)

    A question about the languages the Amish speak today.

    Is it true that there are three different German dialects the Amish speak? Are there more?

    The vast majority of American Amish speak Pennsylvania Dutch. About 14,000 (growing because of higher Swiss birth rates) speak a dialect of Swiss German. What about the Alsatian German, which according to Swissinfo, is spoken by around 4,000 Amish people? Where are those Amish located?

    What about the Canadian Amish, which is one of the oldest Amish communities in North America that had no real influence from PA Amish migrants and who have unique last names, does anyone know if they also speak PA German or a different dialect?

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