Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas to all Amish America readers. The Amish of course observe the Christmas season, and in a variety of ways.

With that in mind, I thought it might be nice to revisit a piece from last year by our contributor Rebecca Miller, a member of the Old Order Amish community in Holmes County, Ohio.

Last year Rebecca shared “5 Ways the Amish Celebrate Christmas“. I’m reprinting the first bit below, and you can click through for the rest. Wishing you a blessed and safe holiday season with loved ones! Here’s Rebecca:

How Do The Amish Celebrate Christmas?

I have been asked this question numerous times, and as with any other aspect of Amish life, there is no cut and dried answer. But I’ll tell you, our readers, how my family celebrates.

1. Youth Christmas Caroling

The other Thursday evening our youth group of around 70 youth gathered at a host family’s home. From there we split into 5 groups, with 4 of the groups of around 12 each going with vans, and the rest, about 20 or so, walking to a nearby nursing home.

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The next couple hours were spent singing for old folks, widows, and house-bound people. We had also brought grocery bags, gift baskets, and fruit trays which we handed out.

Around 8:30 we were all back and enjoyed a light supper and hot drinks. After some chatting as young folks do, we headed home. If it would have been a Friday night we likely would have played games a while. Many other youth groups, besides family and church groups, go caroling too.




2. Youth Christmas Supper

We had ours the past Friday night. Everyone gathered at my uncle’s home where several host Moms had prepared a delicious supper of…

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    22 Comments

    1. Renata M Cantrell

      Merry Christmas to all. Be blessed this year

      Merry Christmas to All.

      Am thankful to have stores in MI to purchase Amish baked goods.
      The way we cooked generations ago.

      Thank you for everything you do for every community.

      And most of all.

      God bless you.

    2. Harriet

      Merry Christas!

      Merry Christmas to you, Erik, and to all of the Amish America readers. May this holy season bring you peace, laughter and good health, and may you each remember that you are loved from above.

      1. Thanks Harriet, and the same to you!

    3. Mark -- Holmes Co.

      Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and God’s guidance & protection in the New Year! Thank you for what you do to make this site possible, Erik.

      1. I appreciate that, Mark, and also your contributions, which add a lot here. Merry Christmas

    4. Joël

      Merry Christmas 2016

      Best Christmas for all with peace in the hearts .
      and best wishes for the next year and thanks to all who write on the site : Continue !!!

      J* ((a reader from France))

    5. Patricia Bond

      MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016

      WISHING EACH AND EVERYONE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON AND BES WISHES FOR 2017

      1. Best wishes, Patricia, and thanks for reading 🙂

    6. Christine

      Merry Christmas 2016

      A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone

    7. Merry Christmas

      I would like to extend a Merry Christmas to all of the
      Amish. I personally enjoy reading about your way of life.
      Agree whole heartily that busy hands keep the devil away.
      During our time of salvation you all along with our Lord
      Are weighing on my heart. I hope that you are all well.
      That I may join your community. I believe in youf ways.
      Try to follow them here in Canada. Gods Blessings to all
      Of you. May you all join in the acknowledged of our Lord
      Amen.
      Your Friend,
      Lenora

      1. All best to you Leonora, and a blessed Christmas season. I will be in Pennsylvania next week so will share good wishes from Amish America readers 🙂

    8. Judith

      Merry Christmas, Amish America! And thank you Erik for all the work you put into your site. It is a special place on the internet.

      1. Thank you for spending time here and sharing as well, Judith. The readers are a lot of what makes the place 🙂

        I will be with Amish friends in Lancaster County next week, so will have a post or two to share from that trip soon.

    9. Kathy Rowe

      Merry Christmas Erik. Hope you and yours have the best holiday ever. I appreciate all you do to bring us the “Amish America” articles. Always very interesting. All the best in the new year to you too.

    10. Timothy Coblentz

      Merry Christmas to all who reader.

    11. Nicholas

      Merry Christmas

      Thanks for making this site possible, Erik!
      Merry Christmas and happy New Year!
      Frohe Weinachten und guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!!!

    12. Merry Christmas

      I’m saying what Nicholas said!! A friend told me what it was in Polish but I’m not trying that one! lol
      So, here it is in Norwegian
      God Jul og Godt Nytår!

      Best wishes Erik for 2017 and keep the stories coming!

      Standing on His promises,Terry

    13. Ellen Thompson

      Merry Christmas to all

      Erik,
      Wishing all Amish in Lancaster, Pa., and where you travel.
      I read a lot of Amish theme books and recently found out at a family reunion my great grandfather was married to an Amish Girl .. made me feel great and my aunt was Mennonite.
      As for their simplicity and me on limited income I have learned that living a simple life can help make my monies go a bit further. I don’t put them on a pedestal but do respect their way of life. For years I always wanted to live in their communities, I live in central PA. But still distant. Thank for your pages.