It’s amazing to me how popular Amish books are. I’m often asked “why” and the best answer I have is that many of us are a bit overwhelmed. We like the simplicity of the Amish life–the lack of traffic jams, ringing phones, blaring televisions, and mega-shopping. We like the idea that life can/could be simpler.
So what about Thanksgiving? Do the Amish celebrate it? YES, they do. Is there celebration different than ours? Probably. Here are a few differences. Remember, my observations are from visiting with Amish in Indiana, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Oklahoma. You may have experienced something different.
- The Amish do join with other family members to celebrate Thanksgiving.
- They don’t travel far though–only family members who live nearby get together. In general, Amish don’t “go home” for the holidays . . . but of course they do stay in touch via letters, etc.
- They don’t purchase a lot of pre-cooked items.
- They usually have a devotional time on the morning of Thanksgiving.
- Everyone contributes to the meal–one person doesn’t try to do it all.
- Afterwards, they play games or visit (remember–there are no televisions in the home).
- There are lots of folks helping with the clean-up after the meal.
Kind of simple. Right? Yeah, I like that too. I hope that this holiday season, you are able to find the plain and simple joys that come from your family, friends and faith.
6 Ways the Amish keep Thanksgiving SIMPLE. http://t.co/hlUU4RvLtz
— Vannetta Chapman (@VannettaChapman) November 21, 2014