Christmas Grace

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AMISH HOLIDAYS — Christmas Grace

We’ve talked every Saturday for the last 2 months about Amish families and how they approach the holidays, how they deal with Thanksgiving and Christmas, and how they manage to do so without the stress and anxiety that Englischers often have.

It seems to me that during the holiday season, as during the rest of the year, the Amish extend GRACE to one another. In the Englisch culture, we often tend to demand more of each other. I’ll give you one example.

I have a blended family. Bob’s kids. My child. Multiple grandparents. And we’re scattered about the state. Fortunately everyone gets along well. I’ve written a lot on this, and how important it is NOT to put pressure on each other, but it seems that expectations persist. We have that Normal Rockwell picture in our head. And so many families I talk to try to make it to see EVERYONE, on Christmas day, which of course isn’t possible. PRESSURE. Then they feel bad when they can’t make it, or they’re tired, or the kids become cranky.

I recently talked with a sweet Amish woman in Holmes County, Ohio. She admitted she might not see her son at Christmas. He’d moved to a different district, in a different state. She wasn’t upset by this. She’d had letters. She knew her grandkinner were fine. She was happy they’d settled into their new home. There was no talk of catching a plane for a quick weekend visit. She extended grace to him …

What if we all did the same? What if we all put our expectations aside, and simple offered a little Christmas grace this year.

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10 thoughts on “Christmas Grace

  1. Kathy george

    I so loved your blog on the grace extended by the Amish at Christmas. If only we could all try to do this, not only at Christmas, but all year long… Merry Christmas Vanetta!

  2. Geri Kelley

    I agree with Kathy about doing this all year long what a different world this would be. I know we can’t get to see both of my children or my husbands family and that is OK like the song says….when we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be…hope you have a wonderful week-end.

    Hugs to you my friend

    Geri Kelley

  3. Patricia AWeaver

    It seems we all can learn from the Amish way it would make our life much simpler and we could enjoy the things that God has for us

  4. ILene

    I feel the same way, feels like I am being pulled in a hundred different directions this year. When will people learn that as hard as we try we can’t accomodate everyone, it makes for a stressfull season instead of remembering what this season is about