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.