Amish Fun Facts 3

Amish fun facts Comments: 17

I wanted to share more Amish fun facts. I hope you enjoy these. Many people ask me about the day to day happening in Amish life.

  • Do they celebrate holidays?
  • What kind of toys do the children play with?
  • How does that dating thing really work?

I’ve enjoyed visiting with Amish families and asking these questions myself. Click on each picture to enlarge it, and feel free to share on your Facebook pages or twitter feeds or just forward the email to someone who enjoys learning about the Amish. These pictures are from Amish communities in Ohio and Indiana. If you ever get the chance to visit, they’re both wonderful places to go.

You may occasionally read different and even conflicting things in Amish books. This is because each community does things a little differently. Their churches operate independently, although they share the same traditions. The Ordnung (rules) of each community are decided by local leadership and members. What have you learned about the Amish that surprised you? Leave a comment and I’ll choose one winner to send an Amish prize package to.



Announcements for this week:

  • My next Amish book, What the Bishop Saw, releases six weeks. This is a new cozy mystery series, and it takes place in Monte Vista, Colorado. Pre-order details here.
  • CBD is offering paperback versions of Raging Storm for $8.99. That’s 40% off. Amazon has lowered the price to $9.99.
  • My inspirational romantic suspense books, Hidden and Protected are currently 99 cents in the Kindle and Nook stores.
  • I’ll be selling and signing books at the Tyler Quilt Show this Friday and Saturday. If you live in the area, please stop by and say hello!

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17 thoughts on “Amish Fun Facts 3

  1. Debbie Earls

    Even though the Amish live a life “separate from the world”, a lot of them work outside the home. Many of the girls that are out of school, work in shops where they can use computers & telephones. If there is a business that is on their farm, they are usually allowed to have a phone in the business, but not their home. If they don’t have a business, then several families will share a phone shanty where they will have an answering machine hooked up so they can receive messages. Even though they don’t have phones in their homes, the Amish “grapevine” seems to spread news of births, deaths, etc. quickly to the families in their communities. So even though they live a “separate” life from the world, they are still exposed to modern conveniences when they work outside of the home/farm. They are an interesting group of people. I admire them.

  2. Gail Estes Hollingsworth

    My husband and I visited an Amish community in Tenn. this past summer. My very first visit to Amish farms and I throughly enjoyed it!
    These young people aren’t allowed to marry until they are 21. Their wedding night is spent in the Brides mothers house. They spend time in a red house until a white one is built. It seems all Amish farm homes are white.

    1. C. J.

      Never have heard of a “red house”, Gail! How interesting!!!
      Wonder if this is only in TN.? What is the red house used for when no one is living there? What of several couples need it at once? thanks!

      1. Gail Estes Hollingsworth

        Sounds like Etheridge Tenn has its own traditions. They don’t do rumspringa either. Our guide pointed out the red house among all the white farm houses. It’s a fairly small community and most are related to each other so I imagine the red house is used by arrangement and they spread the dates out. I thought it was kind of interesting. We enjoyed our trip so much we want to go back.

  3. Kristin Joy

    We have a nearby community. It’s small but I was surprised to see some of the older ladies driving a car when most of the younger ladies I’ve seen there that arrive at the store show up in their buggy. I suppose this community allows for some to have vehicles. I just always assumed it was either they allowed them or they didn’t.

  4. Tammy Layton

    I never knew that sometimes they have arranged marriages sometimes the girls aren’t even told until the time comes

  5. Tiffany Hall

    I always love learning about the Amish and their customs and ways of life. I have never had the opportunity to visit a community, but hope to one day. I didn’t know what they did for Valentine’s Day, so this was very interesting to me.

  6. Christine

    Thank you for the insight. Always interesting tidbits – a great reminder that practices differ by community 😉 Appreciate the giveaway opportunity.

  7. Linda D. McFarland

    It is interesting to learn about the Amish and how/why they do things differently. They are just like us. We all have different ways of looking at things. I love their sense of family and community.

  8. Megan Parsons

    When I got interested in the Amish as a teen I was surprised that they only have church every other Sunday.

  9. Patricia Bond

    Vannetta , I really enjoy reading the Amish Fun Facts that you post. I have learnt that some Amish children go to public school up until the eighth grade. I never knew that before, as I thought they all went to Amish schools only Thank you for posting these facts

  10. Linda Landreth

    Christmas gifts are usually home made, specifically for the person. They are not lavish Englisher type gifts but a lot of thought has gone into it.