Warm wishes to all Amish America readers out there, wherever in the world you might be. I hope the coming days are filled with special times spent with family and friends, mountains of good food, rest, and many blessings.

Amish people mark the Christmas season in different ways, including family gatherings, singings, and school Christmas plays. Here’s a short excerpt from The Amish reminding us that jumbo-sized families mean jumbo-sized get-togethers:

Extended families typically gather for a day of eating and visiting during the Christmas season. With families spread across many states, some travel long distances for the gathering. An Iowa grandmother explained that her family had held their family Christmas celebration at her daughter’s house in Wisconsin on Thanksgiving. “Our children and grandchildren left Iowa in two vans to go to Wisconsin. Others came there by train…All 41 slept in the same house. With 22 grandchildren under 10, there is no dull moment.” (p. 238-239)

So keep that in mind if your home feels a little cramped over the next few days.

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Photo by David Arment

We won’t have a new post tomorrow, but I thought I’d leave you with a few favorite Christmas-related posts from past years:

Do Amish people exchange Christmas cards?

Some photos of Christmas cards and gifts received from Amish friends.

What’s the best holiday smell?

description of a school Christmas program and a photo taken outside of one.

The Amish and Old Christmas.

Merry Christmas!