In anticipation of February 14th, I passed this question along to John Stoltzfus: Do Amish people do anything for Valentine’s Day? What are some ways they observe the day? John’s response hints of differing attitudes about Valentine’s. The usual caveat about Amish being different in different places applies: Valentine’s Day is a special day for […]
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Wishing a joyful Christmas season to you and your family. No new posts for the next couple of days, but in the meantime here are some links to Amish Christmas articles from this site and others: USA Today article looking at Christmas in the Clare, Michigan Amish community. ‘”We have the quiet way of honoring […]
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The short answer is yes. I’m sending out my Christmas cards this week, and will include a number to Amish friends across the country. Amish don’t do Santa, so I try to choose “neutral” ones, though have sent some with a Christmas tree before. You can see Christmas cards displayed in Amish homes. One family […]
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…a couple of days in advance. To celebrate the occasion, how about a Mother’s Day edition of Christina Stutzman’s Milroy Musings, from The Connection. In this 2011 column Christina shares Mother’s Day greetings plus some quirky historical info on a town in her area: And how about a Mother’s Day poem by Alma Bontrager: And here’s […]
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Today, January 6th, some Amish observe Old Christmas. From a previous post, on the change to the Gregorian calendar in 1582: As the years went on, time due to the miscalculation in the previous Julian calendar accumulated. This meant countries who adopted it later had to make a change of more days. When Britain (and […]
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Do Amish take Labor Day off? Some do, others don’t. If you’re Amish and work for someone, it would depend on your employer. Amish schedules typically differ from English ones, taking into account more religious holidays. From What holidays do Amish celebrate?: Amish appreciate working for Amish employers, who follow the same holiday schedule and […]
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Independence Day celebrations will be happening across the country today. Do Amish take part? A few years back I wrote a short piece on Amish and July 4th, and on “Plain patriotism”. As you’d expect, Amish observance of the holiday varies. On a related note, each year Topeka, Indiana holds a buggy pull race following the […]
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Today, January 6th, is the Epiphany. It is also known as “Old Christmas”. From the Pinecraft Pauper: January 6th is still widely observed as a holiday by many plain folks, who commemorate the Epiphany with rest and fasting. The Epiphany, traditionally, is the day in which the wise men brought gifts to Jesus. However, January […]
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A few thoughts that have been on tap lately: This blog needs a tagline. Previously, the description which appeared below the big Amish America title in the upper left was: “Plain Insights and Observations from Pennsylvania to Oregon“. For a couple of reasons, one of which is length, I’ve abandoned that one and am searching […]