It’s true that the Amish have a simpler way of celebrating the birth of Christ. At least it seems more simple than much of the hullabaloo that I see around me. Why is there such an appeal to that? I suppose because we imagine it would be less stressful, less expensive, and more focused on the birth of Christ. We can all do those things without “becoming Amish,” which is part of the fun of reading about their unique lifestyle–it gives us ideas that we can apply to our own.
In my house this year we are simplifying dramatically, and I’ve enjoyed it. We’re still celebrating the birth of Christ, still sharing a few gifts, but anything that makes me feel stressed or tense I’m passing on. Meals are less fancy, gifts are fewer in number, decorations are less…but we’re having a lot of time enjoying a blazing fire in the hearth and I have big plans for a competitive Scrabble game. For me, Christmas is about faith, family, and taking the time to appreciate both.
I’ve started sharing Amish Fun Facts on my Facebook page. I’ll also share them here once a month. Click on the pictures above, and they will enlarge so you can read the Fun Fact. If there’s a specific question you have about the Amish, leave it in the comments section. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll ask around. And if you’re on Pinterest, feel free to pin the images to your Amish board.
Blessings and Merry Christmas!
Announcements for this week:
- Sarah’s Orphans is currently $3.19 and Anna’s Healing is $2.99 in the Amazon Kindle store.
- Raging Storm recently received a 4 star review from Romantic Times. This is the 2nd book in my series The Remnant and will release 1-31-17.
- A Simple Amish Christmas and The Christmas Quilt are now available in paperback, ebook, and audio book (including Audible.com). A Simple Amish Christmas was my first Amish book and one that is still special to me. My short story, Christmas at Pebble Creek, is free on all e-readers. If you haven’t read these, I think you would enjoy them!