12 responses to Amish Christmas
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    Comment on Amish Christmas (December 24th, 2009 at 06:28)

    What a great post about Christmas! I have a semi-off-topic question…I know most children attend the one-room schoolhouses, but where do they attend public school? Is there more that attend public school in the smaller communities or are there certain states that have a higher percentage of those attending, or do you even know? I hope you have a great time at grandma’s for Christmas and a day well spent with family!!

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    Comment on Where do Amish children attend public school? (December 24th, 2009 at 10:52)

    Where do Amish children attend public school?

    Hi Beth, a great question, and actually close to topic. The most ready example of Amish children attending public school are thesettelments at Holmes County, OH, and also the Elkhart/Lagrange County settlement in N. Indiana.

    You definitely still have a large majority of Amish children in Amish parochial schools in these settlements, but there is a significant segment that do attend area public schools. To my knowledge, Lancaster on the other hand, has few to no Amish children in public schools.

    I am not able to say definitively about other settlements. Perhaps other readers in the know can comment on that. I would imagine that Nappanee, for instance, probably has some public school attendance as well. Not sure about Geauga County, OH, and settlements such as Adams Co. and Allen Co. IN, I am doubtful. Karen Johnson-Weiner’s book ‘Train Up a Child” on Old Order schoolinglikely covers this but unortunately don’t have it in front of me.

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    Comment on Amish Christmas (December 25th, 2009 at 05:04)

    A Merry Christmas to you Erik, and to all who visit your blog!

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    Comment on Amish Christmas (December 25th, 2009 at 12:36)

    On the public school option, when I lived in Holmes County, there were several of the grade schools that were pretty well Amish-only public schools. I can think of at least 4 that were pretty well 100% Amish students, but were actually public schools. The little school in Charm is an example. The school board there seems to have worked closely with the Amish population to dedicate those schools to the Amish and respect their beliefs as much as possible. (I am thinking that, for example, any teaching about evolution was kind of silently passed over, even though the teachers were non-Amish.) Of course, the area surrounding these schools is probably close to 80-90% Amish anyways. I think (not sure on this) that the few non-Amish students were bussed elsewhere. Mike

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    Buck Kicc
    Comment on Amish Christmas (December 25th, 2009 at 18:51)

    Merry Christmass to you and yours Erik and thanks for posting on the topic of Christmass.
    I just love the picture of the horse drawn sleigh…i bet they are sooo cold.
    Have a wonderful New Year and keep up the good work.
    Buck Kidd

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    Comment on Amish Christmas (December 29th, 2009 at 08:41)

    Thanks for the wishes everyone, I had a good one!

    And Mike thanks for elaborating here. It’s my understanding that due to the high Amish composition of these schools they are in some ways run as ‘default’ Amish institutions, with teachers as you describe accommodating Amish ways.

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    Comment on Amish Christmas (January 7th, 2010 at 07:27)

    Here in Centreville, MI, there are a dozen or so Amish students at the elementary school, probably those who are too far out to bike to the Amish school. The neighboring school district, Nottawa, is about half English, half Amish. To give an idea of size, Centreville has several classrooms of each grade, Nottawa has one classroom of each grade and the local Amish school has one or two rooms with about 50 students (guessing from size of building and number of bikes).

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    Comment on VA schools (December 23rd, 2011 at 11:19)

    VA schools

    The groups in Virginia, as well as the ones I know about in Minnesota, do not send their children to public schools. I remember when the school building was being built in the Whitegate community in VA, and all families had to come up with $$ to help build it. No matter the size of the family, every family pitched in the same amount (around $600 if I remember correctly). Of course, that was just for building materials (they provided the labor as you can imagine) and it was a great facility, with two floors, large separate bathrooms (with plumbing!) and handicapped access. It was used as a community and worship meeting place as well.

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    Ann Whitaker
    Comment on Merry Christmas (December 23rd, 2011 at 11:57)

    Merry Christmas

    Erik, thanks for a great post. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas as you celebrate Polish style 🙂 Blessings in the New Year.

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    Comment on Merry Christmas (December 24th, 2012 at 18:37)

    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas and thank you for all of your informative and sensitive posts.

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      Comment on Amish Christmas (December 25th, 2012 at 16:02)

      Thanks Iain, I appreciate you reading and sharing here. Merry Christmas.

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    Patricia MacDonald
    Comment on Nativity scenes (January 24th, 2013 at 00:04)

    Nativity scenes

    I have been trying to find out if the Amish make or display a Nativity scene in their homes at Christmas time. The information I’ve found on researching the subject is vague and contradictory. I understand that practices may very greatly between communities. I have heard that they do, but that seems at odds with their objection to graven images. Thanks for the help.

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