14 responses to Amish Christmas Cards and Gifts
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    Robert Gschwind
    Comment on Amish Christmas Cards and Gifts (December 26th, 2013 at 09:11)

    A plain and simple Christmas is what I like best. Homemade instead of purchased items have far more meaning for me. Just a great way of remembering the reason for the day.

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    Debbie H
    Comment on Amish Christmas Cards and Gifts (December 26th, 2013 at 09:38)

    I agree Robert. One year my mother gave coupons for home cooked meal, a night of baby sitting, etc. It was well received. This year my children gave me the gift of time. Time with them to sit and remember, laugh and enjoy each other. That was perfect.

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    Comment on Cards and Letters (December 26th, 2013 at 10:27)

    Cards and Letters

    I always send a card and letter (printed on our computer) to two women, now living in Indiana, who used to clean my mother’s house. (“If they hadn’t moved, I would still be living in my own house, ” she said, when she was 90 and about to move in with us.) I always get cards and letters in return. The daughter’s is printed and sometimes her card is a family photo. The mother’s card is hand-made and she writes her letters individually and in longhand. We love receiving their cards and letters.

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    Tom Geist
    Comment on My Amish Gifts (December 26th, 2013 at 11:31)

    My Amish Gifts

    This year I decided to bake some sweet items and take them to the Amish friends that I had the most contact with this last year. So, a variety of cookies were made along with some nuts that I coated with good tasting ‘stuff.’

    My plan ran into a little snag as the main Amish settlement I went to (Pawnee City Nebraska) had gotten some 5″ of snow late Saturday, and I was there Monday morning. The main streets were fine, but the back roads were iffy and half of the Amish drive-ways were too much for my car to get through.

    At my first place I tried to drive up the drive but after a few times of doing it I realized it was useless. My option, walking a block through the snow and bitter cold temperatures or not give them the items. I walked it.

    Mind you that I was heading out to holiday friends 300+ miles away so I started out from home around 4:30am and was at the first Amish house just after 6am. Being Amish and early risers, they had some gas lights on already. I surprised them to be sure and was a little embarrassed because the wife took my Christmas goodies and disappeared only to re-appeared with a pecan pie and card for me. I didn’t want them to feel they had to give me anything but it would have been awkward to refuse the pie, so I took it. (it was yummy!)

    A short visit there and off I went to 3 other Amish homes. Luckily each of the 3 saw me pulling up (or trying to) and came out and I gave them their goodies through the car window.

    I was happy to have been able to give out the goodies but because of the snow missed having time to sit and chat with them for a bit.

    Tom in Lincoln…. LincNebr@hotmail.com

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on Amish Christmas (December 26th, 2013 at 13:22)

    Amish Christmas

    One of the gifts that has not been mentioned here is that of song. The Amish, at least the Belle Center Amish go Christmas caroling. All of the Amish youth in the four church districts go caroling separately. Usually, at least two evenings. One evening they go through the countryside in open wagons and stop at farms. Another evening they carol in the villages of Belle Center and
    Rushsylvania. Some years they take plates of Christmas cookies with them to give to the families. As usual, there was a group that stopped at my house. Mark was with the group and, of course, Fritzi recognizes him and sat at his feet the whole time they caroled. I wasn’t too keen on Mark going caroling this year. Tuesday evening when they went it was 4 above zero. That’s pretty nippy for a 61 year old to be out caroling. But, Mark just said that he was still young and tough and went anyway. What’s a dad to do?
    Yesterday, we were invited to an Amish family’s get together. It was a full day affair. Breakfast was at 9:30. Mark went for that via horse and buggy but I didn’t. I don’t know what they did during the day but they had another meal at 4:00 which I went to. It was a soup supper. Good soup and plenty of other goodies. I left around 5:00 but Mark stayed on after I left. A very pleasant day.

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      Alice Mary
      Comment on Amish Christmas Cards and Gifts (December 26th, 2013 at 13:34)

      Don Curtis, I’m the same age as Mark & I enjoy being out in the cold much more than the summer’s heat! I’m sure that with enough layers, Mark & his group of carolers were warm…and singing carols is a “heart-warming” task, so even better! :)

      I’d have loved to have seen/heard them caroling! (We rarely have carolers out here in the suburbs!) What a wonderful gift that was for all who enjoyed their visits!

      Alice Mary

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Amish Christmas Cards and Gifts (December 26th, 2013 at 13:25)

    Those all sound like Christmas gifts/times to fondly remember.

    I work full time and have limited use of 1 hand, so I don’t do much baking anymore. But my daughter & a Grand Niece & her mother still do, so we were gifted with homemade treats. I swear, I can taste the love in each bite, and for the reasons listed above, I treasure and appreciate them more than any other gifts this year (Need I say that I can tell which cookies were decorated by my 2 1/2 year-old granddaughter? I relish every excessively-frosted and decorated bite!)

    Tom, good for you, trying to fight the snow to make your “special” deliveries (would a horse and sleigh have been more successful, I wonder?) ;) I hope you have time to visit and chat with those friends soon.

    I enjoyed the photos of the home made cards…and cookies. In fact, I’m inspired to open up those treats I mentioned for a mid-morning snack! :) M-m-m-m-m!

    Everyone, keep enjoying these many days of Christmas!

    And Erik, I’m hoping you’ll pass on what festivities are going on there in Poland…and beyond.

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Amish Christmas Cards and Gifts (December 26th, 2013 at 16:44)

      Festivities were rather meager beyond dinner, dinner and more dinner (carp, mushrooms, turkey…)…I can report I did my duty to put on a few holiday pounds even while on foreign soil :)

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    Laura
    Comment on Amish Christmas Cards and Gifts (December 26th, 2013 at 16:02)

    This year, except for very small token gifts so people could have one or two things to unwrap, my entire family gave each other gifts of donations to charity. Each person picked their favorite charity, and then others made a donation in their name. It was probably the best Christmas we have had in many years — everyone was focused on goodwill to mankind, not getting stuff!

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    Linda
    Comment on Amish Christmas Cards and Gifts (December 26th, 2013 at 18:37)

    Wishing everyone “peace on earth, good will toward men.”

    “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” – 2 Corinthians 9:15

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    Bob Rosier (Bob the Quaker)
    Comment on Amish Christmas Cards and Gifts (December 26th, 2013 at 23:39)

    We received a hand made Christmas card from out Amish friends. It was so special. We decided to try making some of our own next year.

    There are two families on the farm and 7 children (2 preschool).

    Gifts are a hard thing. Someone mentioned “Farmopoly” (our Amish friends have a farm), but we decided it might be too competitive.

    On our last visit, I took a canister of Helium (Target & WalMart) and blew up balloons for all the kids. They really seemed to enjoy.

    Next visit I thought I would try paper airplanes. I found a book with many designs. The secret, I think, is keep it simple.

    Hope all had a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2014.

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      Tom Geist
      Comment on Amish Christmas Cards and Gifts (December 27th, 2013 at 02:44)

      Ah, some nice ideas Bob The Quaker.

      Did the kids burst the balloons? I would worry that some would put the helium in their mouth causing the high pitch munchkin voice. (like English kids do)

      Last summer, on my trips to various Amish ‘bent and dent’ stores, (Salvage) I found different kinds of bubble making devices. I had a left over gallon of bubble solution from years gone by and I took all of these to a meal with some Amish friends. After eating I took the kids outside and we did bubbles for like 45 minutes. Big bubbles, small ones… ones that were produced by a battery operated gadget that made them by the hundreds. It was like it was snowing bubbles. They would chase them and watch them drift up and off.

      LOL it seemed like everyone was OK with this, I hope I didn’t go to far.

      I need more ideas of what fun things I can do with their kids when I am invited to visit. Water balloon fights would probably be out where-as a water balloon toss, or egg toss, might be OK?

      Tom in Lincoln…. LincNebr@hotmail.com

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    Bob Rosier (Bob the Quaker)
    Comment on Amish Christmas Cards and Gifts (January 5th, 2014 at 17:28)

    Hi Tom (and group).

    I survived the holidays so time to get back to Amish America, and thanks Tom for the great idea of a bubble machine. I am going to order one for our April trip to Lancaster, PA….battery operated naturally.

    The kids didn’t pop the balloons….maybe after I left? but they really seemed to enjoy. I tied strings to each & had a metal washer attached so they didn’t float away. I bought one for each of them of the type that holds air for several days so they could have them for a while. I thought it would be disappointing to have them all deflated the next morning.

    A variety of cookies is another good idea Tom

    I wish I had thought of that for Christmas

    Keep the ideas coming ! !

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