AMISH HOLIDAYS-School Programs
One of the sweetest traditions I’ve come across in the Amish communities is the school Christmas program. This is something we have in common! I think most of our schools do still have a holiday program of some sort.
Of course, the Amish don’t shy away from that program being about the birth of Christ. Many Amish children still attend one room schoolhouses. Programs usually include skits and songs, and the room is decorated with things students have made the weeks leading up to the program. All of the community is invited. It’s a time when eeveryone comes together.
I visited a one-room Amish schoolhouse while I was doing research in Wisconsin last summer. It was on the corner of a farmer’s property, and it looked like what you might expect–clean, simple, and it had the basic supplies needed for conducting class. Since I was a teacher for 15 years, I was taking a lot of notes!
When children sing about Christmas, and parents sit in the audience listening, there’s a timelessness to that. It brings us closer together as families and as communities. It reminds us of what’s important. Amish or Englisch, we can all learn from our children.
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